How do you write history when it's no longer linear? In Bloodrites of the Post-Structuralists, respected political theorist Anne Norton reminds us of the real interplay between words (laws, scriptures, myths, and texts), and the world of flesh. Drawing from sources as diverse as foundational myths from Sarah in the bible, Marat in his death bath, and thinkers like Hegel and Foucault, Norton reinterprets the relationship between word and flesh and places it in historical context. The French and English Revolutions, as well as the period of anti-colonialism and post-colonialism are used to frame her discussion of word and body, and their historical significance.
Anne Norton is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founding co-editor of the journal, Theory and Event.
"I am a long-standing admirer of Anne Norton, who is a courageous and brilliant writer."-Homi Bhabha, Harvard University."
"A remarkable work of wide-ranging learning, subtle intelligence and capacious sympathies."-Uday Mehta, Amherst College."
"[Norton's] book is thus part of a politcal project, another contribution to the deconstruction of the order." -- Perspectives on Politics