The Weight of Violence: Religion, Language, Politics

Hardcover | March 16, 2015

EditorSaitya Brata Das, Soumyabrata Choudhury

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The essays collected in this volume deal with one central theme: How do we now make sense of existence in a world that is constantly threatened by destruction of sense. The contributors, exploring answers to this complex problematique from different disciplinary perspectives maintain that thequestion concerning the sense of existence and its destruction is essentially tied up with the question of violence: violence as radical destruction of sense for and of existence. Responses to this question, however, can be as irreducible and singular as can they be varied and multiple. Taking up the religious and linguistic forms of violence as their main focus, these essays argue that the place of violence in our contemporary historical condition has accelerated to an ever immeasurable measure, and that this demands urgent responses from intellectuals and activists alike.

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The essays collected in this volume deal with one central theme: How do we now make sense of existence in a world that is constantly threatened by destruction of sense. The contributors, exploring answers to this complex problematique from different disciplinary perspectives maintain that thequestion concerning the sense of existence a...

Saitya Brata Das is Assistant Professor at the Centre for English Studies, School of Language, Literature, and Culture Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Soumyabrata Choudhury is Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.1 inPublished:March 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Weight of ViolencePART I1. Gerard Bensussan: On Violence: Mimesis, Death Instinct, and Alterity2. Andrea Potesta: The Experience of Silence: Derrida and the Language of Negative Theology3. Jason Wirth: Stupidity, Madness, and Malevolence: Schelling, Deleuze, Flaubert, and Musil and the Problem of Violence4. Aicha Liviana Messina: 'No Eye has Seen it': The Renewal of the Human Condition in Marx and Levinas5. Maria Joao Cantinho: The Necessity for Clean Air and Space is Stronger Than Any Kinds of Hatred: An Essay on the Concept of Violence in Walter Benjamin6. Saitya Brata Das: Tears Are Not Yet Wiped Away on All Faces7. Mike Grimshaw: The Concrete Violence of History and the Apocalyptic Messianic Dwarf8. John Frow: Kingdom-Come: Eschatology and Apocalypse9. Clayton Crockett: Capital Violence10. Soumyabrata Choudhury: St. Paul, Gabriel Naude, Antonin Artaud : Three Violent and Delicate Exceptions to Law and LiturgyPART II11. Rustam Singh: Roots of Violence: Jiva, Life, and Other Things12. Asha Sarangi: Violence of/on Languages: The Political Topography of Linguistic Nationalism in South Asia13. Selma Sonntag: The Violence of Linguistic Cosmopolitanism14. Prachi Gurjarpadhye Khandeparker: Carrying out a Region Beyond: Religious Violence in Partition Narratives15. Veena Sharma: Conflict a Site for Perpetuation of Traditional ValuesIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors