The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood: Western Europe, 1970-2005 (Hardback)
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The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood: Western Europe, 1970-2005 (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 09/04/2008
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In a series of paradigmatic readings of Rene Girard, Peter Sloterdijk, Michael Haneke, Anselm Kiefer, Michel Houellebecq, Elfriede Jelinek, Giorgio Agamben, Naqvi examines the current fascination with victimhood and the desire for victim status.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403975706
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 465 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Fatima Naqvi's The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood is among the most theoretically nuanced and compelling treatments of the contemporary preoccupation with 'the victim' and 'victimhood' I have seen. It offers a focused and penetrating analysis of the recent proliferation of victim discourse in Western culture by engaging first with some of the most important philosophical, anthropological, and psychoanalytic work on the topic and then with complex literary and cinematic works in which the problem of sacrifice and victimization is central. This study is engaging, intelligent, lively, and well written.' - Eric Santner, Author of On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald

'This book is a highly astute study of a current Western European rhetorical figure and cultural self-perception: that of living in a victim society. In a series of incisive readings of different literary, philosophical, and visual materials, Naqvi develops a bold and highly intriguing argument about the meaning of victimhood and about strategies of self-victimization. Conceptually rigorous and rich in analytical detail, The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood offers a path breaking window onto what makes seminal German, Austrian, and French writers, intellectuals, and visual artists tick today.' - Lutz Koepnick, Professor of German, Film and Media Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

'Fatima Naqvi's book opens a new and original approach to contemporary Austrian literature as well as Austrian film, represented here by the director Michael Haneke. This brilliant discourse analysis sheds light on the cultural background of the political debate about victimhood and discusses its every aspect. By looking at this debate from outside, her study reveals surprising interconnections in the literary field. Above all, it analyzes the works of Elfriede Jelinek, Friederike Mayroecker and Christoph Ransmayr with all their ambivalences and rhetorically (self-) deceptive maneuvers.' - Daniela Strigl, Germanist and literary critic, Vienna

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