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Judith Butler's Frames of War reviewed by Steven Poole for the Guardian

Tamar Shlaim 8 May 2009

Steven Poole reviews Judith Butler's book, Frames of War: When is Life Grievable?, for the Guardian.

The best essay is the excellent "Sexual Politics, Torture and Time", in which, addressing the Abu Ghraib photos, Butler notes that "The torture was also a way to coercively produce the Arab subject and the Arab mind", and advances the impressive gambit: "I want to suggest that a civilisational war is at work in this context that casts the army as the more sexually progressive culture."

Visit the Guardian to read the review in full.

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