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By Moira Fradinger

Binding Violence exposes the relation among literary mind's eye, self sustaining politics, and violence in the course of the shut research of literary texts—in specific Sophocles' Antigone, D. A. F. de Sade's a hundred and twenty Days of Sodom, and Vargas Llosa's The banquet of the Goat—that communicate to a blind spot in democratic concept, particularly, how we elect democratically at the borders of our political groups. those works endure the imprint of the anxieties of democracy referring to its other—violence—especially whilst the query of a redefinition of club is at stake.

The ebook stocks the philosophical curiosity in rethinking politics that has lately surfaced on the crossroads of literary feedback, philosophy, severe concept, and psychoanalysis. Fradinger takes heavily the accountability to imagine via and provides names to the political makes use of of violence and to impress necessary mirrored image at the challenge of violence because it pertains to politics and on literature because it pertains to its occasions.

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Stronger forms of mediation, in turn, entail different degrees of overdetermination between the literary and the political; the materiality of the latter is usually understood as the development of the forces of production and a vision of political antagonism as class struggle. Consider how art has been seen as mechanically determined by a material development: for instance, studies have shown how technologies of sound have made certain film forms available for us. Consider, likewise, how art has been thought to allegorically (or homologically) re-present some version of the social sphere, a representation usually conceived through models of reflection, manifestation, symptom, and mirror, to mention prominent examples.

Inspired by these trends, I read Antigone as a vision of the invention of politics that puts two political logics in conflict over the expulsion of a community member at the moment of the city’s reconstruction. While Creon’s exclusive logic—an incipient version of a modern state’s above-the-law zone of power—binds the polis through rekilling Polynices, Antigone’s inclusive logic—figured in her funeral rite—democratically questions the legitimacy of Creon’s redefinition of community. I depart from both the Hegelian tradition that sees the tragic clash between the prepolitical and the political spheres, and from recent interpretations that insist on discussing Antigone’s relation to the city in terms of her representing religion, womanhood, or tradition.

I briefly trace modern solutions for membership in the form of consensual contracts that dislodge violence, rendering it the province of nature or uncivilized barbarism. The  “re-invention of politics,” in Sade’s times, enacts a vast crisis of membership that interrogates consensual visions of society and makes imperative the task of imagining, as the ancients had, a society of equals—this time within the horizon of universal equality. 26 Literature, Violence, and Politics Part II examines Sade’s  Days of Sodom as embedded in the anxieties that produced the “second birth” of democracy during the French Revolution.

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