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    DescriptionThis collection of essays is the first book to take up the urgent issue of torture from the array of approaches offered by the arts and humanities. In the post-9/11 era, where we are once again compelled to entertain debates about the legality of torture, this volume speaks about the practice in an effort to challenge the surprisingly widespread acceptance of state-sanctioned torture among Americans, including academics and the media-entertainment complex. Speaking about Torture also claims that the concepts and techniques practiced in the humanities have a special contribution to make to this debate, going beyond what is usually deemed a matter of policy for experts in government and the social sciences. It contends that the way one speaks about torture-including that one speaks about it-is key to comprehending, legislating, and eradicating torture. That is, we cannot discuss torture without taking into account the assaults on truth, memory, subjectivity, and language that the humanities theorize and that the experience of torture perpetuates. Such accounts are crucial to framing the silencing and demonizing that accompany the practice and representation of torture. Written by scholars in literary analysis, philosophy, history, film and media studies, musicology, and art history working in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, the essays in this volume speak from a conviction that torture does not work to elicit truth, secure justice, or maintain security. They engage in various ways with the limits that torture imposes on language, on subjects and community, and on governmental officials, while also confronting the complicity of artists and humanists in torture through their silence, forms of silencing, and classic means of representation. Acknowledging this history is central to the volume's advocacy of speaking about torture through the forms of witness offered and summoned by the humanities.

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    Speaking About Torture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Julie A. Carlson, By (author) Elisabeth Weber
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780823242252
    ISBN 10: 0823242250

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    B&T General Subject: 495
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    DC22: 809/.93355, 809.93355
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    DC23: 809.9335
    LC classification: PN56.T62 S64 2012
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    Illustrations note
    29 b&w illustrations
    Fordham University Press
    Imprint name
    Fordham University Press
    Publication date
    12 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    JULIE A. CARLSON is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among her recent books is England's First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley. ELISABETH WEBER is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of numerous texts on contemporary French thought.
    Review quote
    "This richly variegated volume gathers together bracing and often brilliant analyses of matters one wishes were not so timely: the practices of torture and how people speak, lie, and obfuscate about them. It opens our eyes and keeps them open wide." Ian Balfour, York University