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Published: 03 March 2014

256 Pages | 8 b/w illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823256785

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War after Death

On Violence and Its Limits

Steven Miller

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • This is a book about the relation between war and word.
  • It starts out by taking seriously Donald Rumsfeld's assertion, after September 11, 2001, that the nation was facing "a new kind of war."
  • The author then goes on to argue--in elegant, psychologically informed readings of historical events (the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas), works of visual art (Goya), literary texts (Genet and Beckett) and philosophical arguments (Derrida)--that all wars are a "new kind of war," because war is a movement to excess, one that does not stop at killing enemies but passes over into violence even against the nonliving, against the dead bodies of its victims.

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