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Introduction: Undoing The Force of Violence

Jane Kilby

in Violence and the Cultural Politics of Trauma

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780748618163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618163.003.0005
Introduction: Undoing The Force of Violence

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This chapter begins by considering the key questions faced by any clinician or critic keen to figure the experience of violence as that which resists conscious recognition. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to develop Judith Butler's brief analysis which, following Caruth and the work of other trauma theorists, insists on a politics chastised by the limits to knowledge imposed by trauma – but not for that matter giving up on the questions of trauma, testimony and truth. Indeed, what emerges instead is a demand for a politics willing – and necessarily having – to speak ‘improperly’ about trauma and violence also, which will always have to be the case if we are to accept without equivocation that violence is ‘an unbearable reality in fact’. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: violence; conscious recognition; Judith Butler; politics

Chapter.  6147 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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