Horrorism refers to a violent violation of vulnerable humans who are defined by their simultaneous openness to the other's care and harm. The article concludes by reconsidering how encountering signs of horrorism might broaden our frames of war and further our empathic vision toward the precarious victims of horrorism or, alternatively, might confirm the patriotic allegiances of imperial citizens in ways that further bind their citizenship to state political and economic violence and narrow the scope for genuine empathy. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.

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Access options available:. Translated by William McCuaig. New York: Columbia University Press, In her recent book Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence, Adriana Cavarero makes a powerful and deeply researched case for confronting the limitations of our present vocabulary for describing acts of terrorism.

Cavarero begins with [End Page ] two philological chapters that establish the corporeal differences between terror, with its etymological connection to trembling and flight, and horror, whose equally physiological symptoms manifest as a deathlike chill or paralysis. This act, she holds, atomizes the anatomy of the killer and the killed, merging their identities and fates in grim intimacy.

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Horrorism : Naming Contemporary Violence

Add to Cart. Words like "terrorism" and "war" no longer encompass the scope of contemporary violence. With this explosive book, Adriana Cavarero, one of the world's most provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers, effectively renders such terms obsolete. Unlike terror, horrorism is a form of violation grounded in the offense of disfiguration and massacre. Numerous outbursts of violence fall within Cavarero's category of horrorism, especially when the phenomenology of violence is considered from the perspective of the victim rather than that of the warrior. Cavarero locates horrorism in the philosophical, political, literary, and artistic representations of defenseless and vulnerable victims. She considers both terror and horror on the battlefields of the Iliad , in the decapitation of Medusa, and in the murder of Medea's children.


Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence

Adriana Cavarero born in Bra, Italy is an Italian philosopher and feminist thinker. Cavarero is widely recognized in Italy, Europe and the English-speaking world for her writings on feminism and theories of sexual difference, on Plato, on Hannah Arendt , on theories of narration and on a wide range of issues in political philosophy and literature. Cavarero was educated at the University of Padua, where she wrote a thesis on philosophy and poetry, in , and spent the first years of her Academic career. In she left Padua for the University of Verona, where she was co-founder of Diotima — a group dedicated to feminist philosophy as political engagement. Trained in ancient philosophy — with a special focus on the writings of Plato — and inspired by feminist philosopher, Luce Irigaray , Cavarero first drew wide attention with her book, In Spite of Plato , which pursues two interwoven themes: it engages in a deconstruction of ancient philosophical texts, primarily of Plato , but also of Homer and Parmenides , in order to free four Greek female figures a Thracian servant , Penelope , Demeter and Diotima from the patriarchal discourse which for centuries had imprisoned them in a domestic role. Secondly, it attempts to construct a symbolic female order, reinterpreting these figures from a new perspective.

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