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Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? Paperback – August 24, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


“A trenchant and brilliant book.”—Mike Rowe, Utne Reader

“It’s clear that its author is still interested in stirring up trouble—academic, political and otherwise.”—Bookforum

“Judith Butler is quite simply one of the most probing, challenging, and influential thinkers of our time.”—J. M. Bernstein

“Judith Butler is the most creative and courageous social theorist writing today. Frames of War is an intellectual masterpiece that weds a new understanding of being, immersed in history, to a novel Left politics that focuses on State violence, war and resistance.”—Cornel West

“An impressive and challenging book from one of the leading intellectuals of our time.”—Diva

About the Author

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Frames of War, Precarious Life, The Psychic Life of Power, Excitable Speech, Bodies that Matter, Gender Trouble, and with Slavoj Žižek and Ernesto Laclau, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Reprint edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844676269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844676262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S Zaidi on December 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
"If the violent act is, among other things, a way of relocating the capacity to be violated (always) elsewhere, it produces the appearance that the subject who enacts violence is impermeable to violence. The accomplishment of this appearance becomes one aim of violence; one locates injurability with the other by injuring the other and then taking the sign of injury as the truth of the other."
It was difficult to crack the code of a statement like this and the work is full of such intellectualist concatenations.One is reminded that it was not for nothing that Berkeley's celebrated rhetorician was awarded the prize honoring her proclivity to abstruse writing albeit her incandescence does speak through punctuative interstices a couple of times in each chapter, re-authorizing the impalement of a myasthenically obtuse syntax transpiring upon a neo-Hegelian consciousness. This writerly violence exploits the reader's hermeneutic injurability and permanently coagulates the possibility of transference of sense.
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The content is incredible - an excellent follow up to Precarious Life. However, I purchased this book for a class and so did not open it up until a few months after receipt. Much to my surprise, as soon as i opened the book the binding broke completely, leaving me with a bunch of loose leaf pages. Wish the physical product was as good as the thought provoking content :-/
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