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Visualizing atrocity : Arendt, evil, and the optics of thoughtlessness

Author: Valerie Hartouni
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2012.
Series: Critical cultural communication.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Visualizing Atrocity takes Hannah Arendt's provocative and polarizing account of the 1961 trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann as its point of departure for reassessing some of the serviceable myths that have come to shape and limit our understanding both of the Nazi genocide and totalitarianism's broader, constitutive, and recurrent features. These myths are inextricably tied to and reinforced viscerally by the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Trials, litigation, etc
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Hartouni, Valerie.
Visualizing atrocity.
New York : New York University Press, c2012
(DLC) 2011051503
(OCoLC)768793102
Named Person: Hannah Arendt; Hannah Arendt; Hannah Arendt; Adolf Eichmann
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Hartouni
ISBN: 9780814771839 0814771831 9780814738993 0814738990
OCLC Number: 809846968
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Arendt and the Trial of Adolf Eichmann : Contextualizing the Debate --
Ideology and Atrocity --
Thoughtlessness and Evil --
"Crimes Against the Human Status" : Nuremberg and the Image of Evil --
The Banality of Evil.
Series Title: Critical cultural communication.
Responsibility: Valerie Hartouni.

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Re-assesses the myths that have come to shape and limit our understanding of the Nazi genocide as well as totalitarianism's broader, constitutive, and recurrent features  Read more...

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