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Forgetting Lot's Wife : On Destructive Spectatorship.

Author: Martin Harries
Publisher: Bronx : Fordham University Press, 2007.
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Can looking at disaster and mass death destroy us? Forgetting Lot?s Wife provides a theory and a fragmentary history of destructive spectatorship in the twentieth century. Its subject is the notion that the sight of historical catastrophe can destroy the spectator. The fragments of this history all lead back to the story of Lot?s wife: looking back at the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, she turns  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Harries, Martin.
Forgetting Lot's Wife : On Destructive Spectatorship.
Bronx : Fordham University Press, ©2007
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Harries
ISBN: 9780823227358 0823227359
OCLC Number: 730040891
Description: 1 online resource (310 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Figures; List of Plates; Preface; Introduction; 1 Artaud, Spectatorship, And Catastrophe; 2 Hollywood Sodom; 3 Anselm Kiefer's Lot'S Wife: Perspective And The Place Of The Spectator; Coda Lot'S Wife On September 11, 2001; Or, Against Figuration; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Can looking at disaster and mass death destroy us? Forgetting Lot?s Wife provides a theory and a fragmentary history of destructive spectatorship in the twentieth century. Its subject is the notion that the sight of historical catastrophe can destroy the spectator. The fragments of this history all lead back to the story of Lot?s wife: looking back at the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, she turns into a pillar of salt. This biblical story of punishment and transformation, a nexus of sexuality, sight, and cities, becomes the template for the modern fear that looking back at dis.

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