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By Jennifer R. Ballengee

Explores the rhetorical capabilities of torture and the witnessing of torture in either classical texts and modern contexts.

The Wound and the Witness deals a traditionally grounded process to an pressing modern challenge: the patience of torture in Western tradition. Drawing upon historic Greek and Roman texts, in addition to modern media occasions, Jennifer R. Ballengee explores the spectacle of torture as a persuasive machine. She means that either torture and the witnessing of torture are sorts of polemical writing, performed at the physique. The research combines shut studying and philological examine with a materialist cultural method of historic Greek theater, early Christian money owed of martyrdom, and up to date political controversies over the interrogation strategies within the U.S. government-run Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib prisons. by means of incorporating key classical texts by way of Sophocles, Achilles Tatius, and Prudentius, the writer demonstrates how deeply the traditional literature resonates with modern problems with the physique, rhetoric, and the spectacle of discomfort.

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