In this Book

buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
The human body is the locus of meaning, personhood, and our sense of the possibility of sanctity.  The desecration of the human corpse is a matter of universal revulsion, taboo in virtually all human cultures. Not least for this reason, the unburied corpse quickly becomes a focal point of political salience, on the one hand seeming to express the contempt of state power toward the basic claims of human dignity—while on the other hand simultaneously bringing into question the very legitimacy of that power. In Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead, James Martel surveys the power of the body left unburied to motivate resistance, to bring forth a radically new form of agency, and to undercut the authority claims made by state power. Ranging across time and space from the battlefields of ancient Thebes to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and taking in perspectives from such writers as Sophocles, Machiavelli, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Judith Butler, Thomas Lacqueur, and Bonnie Honig, Martel asks why the presence of the abandoned corpse can be seen by both authorities and protesters as a source of power, and how those who have been abandoned or marginalized by structures of authority can find in a lifeless body fellow accomplices  in their aspirations for dignity and humanity. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Half Title
  2. p. i
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Copyright page
  2. p. ii
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Quotations
  2. pp. iii-iv
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Introduction. When the State Kills, It Is (Also) Killing Itself
  2. pp. 1-12
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Chapter One. The Disenchanted Corpse
  2. pp. 13-42
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Chapter Two. Classical Readings of the Unburied Body
  2. pp. 43-65
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Chapter Three. Early Modern and Modern Renditions of the Unburied Dead
  2. pp. 66-98
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Chapter Four. Unburied Bodies of Color
  2. pp. 99-136
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents
  1. Conclusion. The Authority of the Dead
  2. pp. 137-147
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
    contents

Additional Information

ISBN
9781943208111
Related ISBN(s)
9781943208104
MARC Record
OCLC
1051688521
Launched on MUSE
2021-09-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

Purchase

Copyright

Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.