Barbarism and Its Discontents (Cultural Memory in the by Maria Boletsi

By Maria Boletsi

Barbarism and civilization shape one of many oldest and such a lot inflexible oppositions in Western background. in accordance with this dichotomy, barbarism services because the damaging regular in which "civilization" fosters its self-definition and superiority by way of labeling others "barbarians." because the Nineteen Nineties, and particularly in view that September 11, those phrases became more and more well known in Western political and cultural rhetoric—a rhetoric that divides the area into forces of excellent and evil. This research intervenes during this contemporary pattern and interrogates modern and ancient makes use of of barbarism, arguing that barbarism additionally has a disruptive, rebel strength. Boletsi recasts barbarism as a effective proposal, discovering that it's a universal thread in works of literature, artwork, and conception. via dislodging barbarism from its traditional contexts, this ebook reclaims barbarism's area and proposes it as an invaluable theoretical tool.

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