Violence Without Guilt: Ethical Narratives from the Global South

Paperback | November 15, 2008

byHermann Herlinghaus

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Can modernity be imagined as a “war on affect” propelled by the unequal distribution of guilt and fear as major forces of containment? Exploring Walter Benjamin’s early texts on violence and religion and bringing them to bear upon contemporary struggles, Herlinghaus argues that the flexible production of affective marginalities lies at the heart of the psycho-cultural dynamics of globalization. Analyzing new imaginaries in Latin American literature, music and film, Violence Without Guilt examines how ethical experience is being drastically reshaped in the realms where violence is an existential reality, especially in the lives and fantasies of those who find themselves today unprotected by Western perceptions of lawfulness and citizenship.

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Can modernity be imagined as a “war on affect” propelled by the unequal distribution of guilt and fear as major forces of containment? Exploring Walter Benjamin’s early texts on violence and religion and bringing them to bear upon contemporary struggles, Herlinghaus argues that the flexible production of affective marginalities lies at...

Hermann Herlinghaus is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Renarración y Descentramiento: Mapas Alternativos de la Imaginación en América Latina (2004); Narraciones Anacrónicas de la Modernidad: Melodrama e Intermedialidad en América Latina (2002); Populär –...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.24 × 6.15 × 0.61 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: A Modern War on Affect * From Walter Benjamin’s Early Writings to the Perils of Global Modernity * Part II: The Narcocorrido: A Phenomenological and Philosophical Look into Transnational Storytelling * When Narcocorridos Where Born * Parataxes Unbound * Where Affection Meets Figuration: Corrido Language and the Intermedial Presence of Death * Part III: Colombian Marginalities and the Culture of Exception * Young, Alien, and Totally Violent: Marginal ‘Kings of the World’ * Autobiography as Eschatological Project: An Intellectual Struggle Regarding Freedom and Guilt * Part IV: Affective Politics and the Image * Beyond Bare Life: Affection Images of Violence in Latin American Film

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“The first scholar to fully realize that there is a both interesting and highly problematic convergence between violence and aesthetic experience… Violence without Guilt is an unusual intellectual success.” -- Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Stanford University"Herlinghaus, in his unprecedented book, does not utilize the common tools of literary theory or cinema studies. Instead, he allows us to see new narratives and imaginary forms in Latin America from the perspective of concepts that pertain to philosophical criticism at the cutting edge of modern ethics, epistemology, and global cultural studies."--Beatriz González-Stephan, Lee Hage Jamail Chair of Latin American Literature, Rice University“Herlinghaus revisits the fraught and perennially compelling confluence of affectivity, violence, and guilt as propellants for story telling. Through the philosophical lens of a modern ethics as articulated by cultural critics such as Walter Benjamin, Herlinghaus trains his own critical focus on Latin American narratives that define cultures of affective filiation through tales of violence and the burden of genealogical guilt. This is a compelling exploration of individual and collective pursuits of redemption in language and violence as crucibles of culture.”--Djelal Kadir, The Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature,  Pennsylvania State University“Herlinghaus takes up Walter Benjamin's far-reaching reflections on ‘anthropological materialism’ and places them, in an astounding way, in a global perspective.”--Karlheinz Barck, Research Professor, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin, Germany