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Forgetting Lot's Wife: On Destructive Spectatorship
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 th ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Fordham University Press
(first published May 15th 2007)
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Spectacular and horrifying disasters that kill thousands, if not millions, of people are a grim trademark of the last century and show no signs of letting up in the 21st century. The 20th century saw the slaughter of millions of soldiers in two world wars, the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the firebombings of Dresden, the discovery of the death camps that killed 6 million people, not to mention the nearly constant smaller wars that went on constantly. The 21st century opened with ...more