Abstract

Elias Maglinis’s experimental novel, The Interrogation (2008), was published at a time of heated debate about the ethics of representing violence. Given the proliferation of images of torture during the period, scholars called for new forms for the representation of violence in order to elicit meaningful engagement with the body in pain. This essay argues that Maglinis’s novel addresses this challenge by focusing on the legacy of torture under the junta in a way that defies narrative conventions and reader expectations. Maglinis uses imagery of the body and the trope of performance that shapes the text to re-frame the human: he rewrites the models of identity that both justify and perpetuate political violence by using the body as a stage for the examination of the interimplication of the physical, psychic, and social. In its violation of established forms of identity and knowledge, then, the novel strives for an ethical engagement with the body in pain.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3265
Print ISSN
0738-1727
Pages
pp. 215-239
Launched on MUSE
2015-11-23
Open Access
No
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