ISBN-13: 9780415934589 / Angielski / Twarda / 2002 / 216 str.
In this volume, Anne Norton presents an alternative narrative of the history of the world. She starts by reminding us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths and history) and the world of flesh (of blood ties and bloodshed, skin colour and sexuality). The seemingly precious and all-too-literary constructs of the post-structuralists really do act on the body politic. The book is written on three historical sites: the revolutions in England and France, the struggle against colonialism, and the modern liberal order. In this telling, we see liberal constitutions born in Terror and regicide, we see a word, a text, a document, write slave on the darkness of the body, we see the guillotine release the power in the blood and we hear the words that declare a people free.
How do you write history when it's no longer linear? In Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists, respected political theorist Anne Norton reminds us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths, and texts), and the world of flesh. Drawing from sources as diverse as foundational myths from Sarah in the bible, Marat in his death bath, and thinkers like Hegel and Foucault, Norton reinterprets the relationship between word and flesh and places it in historical context. The French and English Revolutions, as well as the period of anti-colonialism and post-colonialism are used to frame her discussion of word and body, and their historical significance.