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(Re)imag(in)ing evil : ethics in the face of the suffering other

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dc.contributor.author Balfour, Lindsay Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-26T17:57:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-26T17:57:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en
dc.date.issued 2011-10-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/38312
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines representations of evil through the rhetorical figure of the face and its dissemination through mainstream and alternative media. I am interested in the extent to which representations of alterity contribute to, and make possible, a sustained War on/of Terror. Furthermore, I am interested in how these figures of alterity are apprehended in their suffering. As Judith Butler points out, the ability to suffer is what marks one as human. She asks “[w]hat is real?...If violence is done against those who are unreal, then, from the perspective of violence, it fails to injure or negate those lives since those lives are already negated” (Precarious Life 33). My project questions who is left out of dominant constructions of what constitutes the human, and examines how the encounter with a suffering body reconstitutes the “evil other” as human. Specifically, I will focus on the images of torture inflicted on prisoners at Abu Ghraib and the online execution video of Saddam Hussein. While the desire to protect and maintain the life of the innocent other is becoming an increasingly allocated social norm, I am interested in what such applications of responsibility or responsiveness might mean for those who are not allocated similar forms of protection. In other words, how do we present the relationship between culpability and precariousness and what might be the implications of re-inscribing figures such as Saddam Hussein with fragility? This thesis questions what is permitted to be seen as a suffering body in the context of the War on Terror and how dominant frameworks of representation foreclose the recognition of suffering in particular bodies. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher University of British Columbia en
dc.relation.ispartof Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+ en
dc.title (Re)imag(in)ing evil : ethics in the face of the suffering other en
dc.type Text en
dc.degree.name Master of Arts - MA en
dc.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia en
dc.date.graduation 2011-11 en
dc.type.text Thesis/Dissertation en
dc.description.affiliation Arts, Faculty of
dc.degree.campus UBCO en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en

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