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The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood: Western Europe 1970-2005 (New York: Palgrave, 2007).

literary cultural rhetoric victimhood

Chapters on sacrificial victims (Sigmund Freud, Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer), the politics of influence (René Girard, Peter Sloterdijk), mediated invisibility (Michael Haneke), apocalyptic cosmologies (Christoph Ransmayr, Anselm Kiefer), mourning, feminization, and impoverishment (Friederike Mayröcker), the domain of sexual struggle (Michel Houellebecq), cognitive dissonances (Elfriede Jelinek).

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