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Security and Terror: American Culture and the Long History of Colonial Modernity

Eli Jelly-Schapiro


When in 1492 Christopher Columbus set out for Asia but instead happened on the Bahamas, Cuba, and Hispaniola, his error inaugurated a specifically colonial modernity. This is, Security and Terror contends, the colonial modernity within which we still live. And its enduring features are especially vivid in the current American century, a moment marked by a permanent War on Terror and pervasive capitalist dispossession. Resisting the assumption that September 11, 2001, constituted a historical rupture, Eli Jelly-Schapiro traces the political and philosophic genealogies of security and terror—fro ... More

Keywords: Security, terror, colonial modernity, War on Terror, capitalism, theory, fiction, theory, American, global

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295377
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eli Jelly-Schapiro, author
University of South Carolina