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Trauma and Visuality in Modernity
Lisa Saltzman, ed.; Eric Rosenberg, ed.

Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture

2006 • 304 pp. 20 illus. 6 x 9"
Film, TV, Visual Culture / Visual Studies / Trauma Studie

$34.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-516-9

Essays exploring the role of trauma in modern art.

This groundbreaking collection is among the first in the field of art history to explore the relation between the traumatic and the visual field in the modern period. Ranging across media and spanning from the origins of modernity to the present, the essays gathered here pursue trauma as a structuring yet elusive subject of representation. Examining the most revelatory instances of encounter between event and image, between history and visual form, this collection offers an account of the centrality of trauma’s visualization to an understanding of modernity.

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"Art's engagement with the horrors of modern history and the traumas they have induced has been deep, persistent, wrenching, evolving, and frustrating. The essays in this volume explore that relationship with imagination, insight, and passion, ranging widely across forms of trauma, artistic media and styles, and interpretive approaches." —Michael Leja, Professor, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

"This collection helpfully amplifies a vivid set of questions that haunt art and objecthood in modernity and that situate art objects, images, and acts as, themselves, haunting. What is it to 'witness' art when art itself may bear unspeakable witness to history's traumatic events or their aftershocks? The editors have carefully chosen texts that continue to open out the visual field to its extra-visual intimations and its phenomenal effects, adding art historical depth to the deeply modern hope that the visual field is always more than meets the eye and more than can neatly congeal in narrative, in memory, or in time." —Rebecca Schneider, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, Brown University

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LISA SALTZMAN is Associate Professor of Art History at Bryn Mawr College and author of Anselm Kiefer and Art After Auschwitz. ERIC ROSENBERG is Associate Professor of Art History at Tufts University, and has lectured widely on trauma and photography.

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