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Apocalyptic FuturesMarked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee$
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Russell Samolsky

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234790

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234790.001.0001

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Introduction: Writing Violence: Marked Bodies and Retroactive Signs

Introduction: Writing Violence: Marked Bodies and Retroactive Signs

(p.1) Introduction: Writing Violence: Marked Bodies and Retroactive Signs
Apocalyptic Futures

Russell Samolsky

Fordham University Press

This introduction poses the problem of how the marked body in particular modern texts might imbue them with an apocalyptic destiny by absorbing marked and mutilated material (extralinguistic) bodies into the ambit of their future reception. It then questions whether these works might also be imbued with an internal metacommentary in which the authors reflect on the ethico-political destiny of their texts. The introduction poses the further question of how this fatal drive to power over bare life might be halted or, if it cannot be halted, at least arrested. It concludes by addressing the possibility of a countervailing redemptive or messianic force that might also be at work in these texts.

Keywords:   apocalyptic destiny, bare life, future reception, marked body, messianic force

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