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Figuring Violence: Affective Investments in Perpetual War

Rebecca A. Adelman


Figuring Violence catalogs the affects that define the latter stages of the war on terror and the imaginative work that underpins them. These affects—apprehension, affection, admiration, gratitude, pity, and righteous anger—are far more pleasurable and durable than their predecessors. Hence, they are deeply compatible with the ambitions of a state embroiling itself in a perpetual and essentially unwinnable war. Surveying the cultural landscape of this sprawling conflict, Figuring Violence reveals the varied mechanisms by which these affects have been militarized. This book tracks their converg ... More

Keywords: affect, American militarism, children, Guantánamo detainees, imagination, mediation, military children, military dogs, military spouses, PTSD and TBI

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823281671
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823281671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca A. Adelman, author
University of Maryland, Baltimore County