Violence without Guilt Ethical Narratives from the Global South

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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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 Guiltexamines 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.

Author Biography

Hermann Herlinghaus is Professor of Latin American Literature 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 – volkstümlich – Popularkultur” (2002); “Modernidad heterogénea” (2000)  and “Alejo Carpentier” (1991).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Note on Translationsp. ix
A Modern War on Affect
From Walter Benjamin's Early Writings to the Perils of Global Modernityp. 3
Reapproaching Benjamin, Locating Emerging Narrativesp. 3
A War on Intoxication: Affective Marginalities and the Examination of Experiencep. 8
"Capitalism as Religion": Guilt and the Success Story of Containmentp. 19
The Narcocorrido: A Phenomenological and Philosophical Look into Transnational Storytelling
When Narcocorridos Were Bornp. 31
A Paradox of Global Archaismp. 31
Los Tigres del Norte and the Suspension of Melodramap. 37
Jesus Malverde: On the Hidden Core of Enacted Narrationp. 48
Parataxes Unboundp. 57
Troposcapes of Imagination and the Figural Engagement of Border Crossingp. 57
Erich Auerbach's Conflict with the Archaic Otherp. 67
Paratactical Drama and the Effacement of Tragedy: Casualties of Globalizationp. 74
Where Affection Meets Figuration: Corrido Language and the Intermedial Presence of Deathp. 81
Monstrous Speech: The Reemergence of Anamorphotic Tropesp. 81
An Intermedial Approach to Affectivityp. 85
A Non-Heideggerian Prolepsis: Affection beyond the Ontological Sublimep. 92
Postscriptum: An Ethical Paradox Regarding Violencep. 97
Colombian Marginalities and the Culture of Exception
Young, Alien, and Totally Violent: Marginal "Kings of the World"p. 105
Approaching the Culture of Exception: The Testimonial Project of Alonso Salazarp. 105
Sacred Labor: Death and the Gendered Space of Survivalp. 113
Collapsing Consumption: Religiosity and Ethics beyond Guiltp. 121
Postscriptump. 133
Autobiography as Eschatological Project: An Intellectual Struggle Regarding Freedom and Guiltp. 135
Approaching Ritualistic Masculinity: Our Lady of the Assassins (Fernando Vallejo)p. 135
"Vir Clarisimus-Unum et Idem-Summum Jus": The Reinvention of the Master and the Battle of Languagep. 142
Angels of Terror versus Marginal Subjectsp. 151
Inverted Christianism: A Sacrificial Romancep. 156
Affective Politics and the Image
Beyond Bare Life: Affection-Images of Violence in Latin American Filmp. 169
Questioning the "Dogma" of Bare Lifep. 169
After Tragedy, If Not Melodrama, What?p. 172
Resurgence of the Forgotten: Victor Gaviria's Project of Immanent Critiquep. 188
Codap. 202
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 245
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