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Literature as activism: interrogating the 21st century demise of the Arendtian political public sphere

Spark, Benice 2013, Literature as activism: interrogating the 21st century demise of the Arendtian political public sphere, Humanities and social sciences review, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 255-262.

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Title Literature as activism: interrogating the 21st century demise of the Arendtian political public sphere
Author(s) Spark, Benice
Journal name Humanities and social sciences review
Volume number 2
Issue number 4
Start page 255
End page 262
Total pages 8
Publisher UniversityPublications.net
Place of publication Cumberland, Rhode Island
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2165-6258
Keyword(s) literature
politics
globalisation
political violence
Summary This article explores Don DeLillo's literary activism through Arendtian perspectives to investigate what the demise of literature's relevance, specifically in a political context, may mean in the current era of an increasingly complex and conflicting 'web of human relationships'.  In that it is accepted that narrative has a particular ability to reveal insights as prelinguistic elements that are distinct from all we are able to access through our limited human perceptions, it remarks the Lacanian paradox that if being is in excess of language, then language is the medium by which this is accessed in the world. For DeLillo, writers may be under threat in a dynamic but destabilizing era, their art superceded by technology and fundamentalist terrorism, however, as suggested in Mao II, this renders the writer all the more necessary.  It is at the point at which the writer has nothing to say or is under duress to say noting, that a human crisis is reached. I ask, do current forms of political pressure to censure literature constitute a further diminishing of the Arendtian political public domain in which speech as action has primacy?
Language eng
Field of Research 200506 North American Literature
220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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