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Representing the Catastrophic: Coming to Terms with Unimaginable Suffering and Incomprehensible Horror in Visual Culture (Hardback)
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Representing the Catastrophic: Coming to Terms with Unimaginable Suffering and Incomprehensible Horror in Visual Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 25/06/2007
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The study analyzes the way in which cultures represent and make sense of catastrophic events through the medium of the visual arts. This work should appeal to scholars interested in art history, film studies, cultural studies, and psychoanalysis. When attempting to represent a catastrophic event in history the tendency is to disavowal the event by referring to it as "unimaginable," or otherwise such events are assigned to the domain of "fiction" or "fantasy." For example, in response to 9/11 and the images of the planes flying into buildings, many responded "it was like I was watching a movie." How then, when our knee-jerk response is to assign catastrophic events to the "incomprehensible" or the domain of utter fantasy, do we convey the reality of these events? What rhetorical strategies are at our disposal? How are catastrophic events, such as the Holocaust or Hiroshima represented, when we no longer have an immediate relationship to them? When the last survivors of these catastrophic events are gone, how will we relate to representations of these events? What rhetorical strategies will prove most useful in conveying the historical significance of these events, even when the physical traces are gone? This book addresses these questions.

Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780773454101
Number of pages: 332

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