The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-10: 0823231240
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/The Rhetoric of Terror/ is a resolutely convincing case for the power
of theory in understanding and contesting the "peculiar speech acts"
that sovereign power has enacted and embodied in response to 9/11 and
the exceptional conditions it has been used to justify. Redfield's deep
commitment to the lessons of Derrida and his knowledge of the major
European philosophical formulations of war and terror from 1789 to the
present enable him to provide an indispensable analysis of what he
eloquently calls "the unruly figurativeness of war". War is a concept
that is hideously real, and one that cannot be left in the hands of
politicians and combatants. Perhaps the importance of theory for
ordinary life has never been greater; no one makes a clearer case than
Redfield for the urgent application of critique to the recent and
current languages of political and military self-accreditation.

(―David Simpson University of California, Davis)

The Rhetoric of Terror exhibits the kind of patience it finds in the literature of testimony: an "endless, scrupulous patience with linguistic deviance and mediation." Marc Redfield unpetrifies the language of emergency, showing us how a single name-date ("9/11") or place-name ("Ground Zero") can function at once as monument, wound, alarm, and oubliette. And in a stunning genealogy of the concept, he recounts how "terror" has haunted both sovereignty and theory from the French Revolution to the present. This is the most wakeful book yet about the war on terror, keeping watch with its subject intently enough to ravel out its many self-divisions and the urgent demands they harbor. (―Paul K. Saint-Amour University of Pennsylvania
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A stimulating tour de force, The Rhetoric of Terror provides a brilliant lexicon of central keywords of our recent political life. Redfield's analysis of '9/11,' 'Ground Zero,' 'the war on terror' and other powerful slogans traces the performative paradoxes that have enabled these phrases to do such terrible work. (Martin Harries New York University)

A masterly elaboration of post-structuralist thought on the subject. (―Times Higher Education)

Topics include the attacks as a mediated spectacle. (―The Chronicle of Higher Education)

A very smart and interesting pair of essays reflecting on the cultural significance of 9/11 and the idea of a war on terror. (―Jonathan Culler Cornell University)

About the Author

Marc Redfield is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and chair of Comparative Literature at Brown University. His books include Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman; The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism; and The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror (Fordham).

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  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2009
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  • Language: English
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