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Forgetting Lot S Wife


Author : Martin Harries
language : en
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
Release Date : 2009-08-01


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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 disaster might petrify the spectator. Although rarely articulated directly,this idea remains powerful in our culture. This book traces some of its aesthetic, theoretical, and ethical consequences. Harries traces the figure of Lot's wife across media. In extended engagements with examples from twentieth-century theater, film, and painting, he focuses on the theatrical theory of Antonin Artaud, a series of American films, and paintings by Anselm Kiefer. These examples all return to the story of Lot's wife as a way to think about modern predicaments of the spectator. On the one hand, the sometimes veiled figure of Lot's wife allows these artists to picture the desire to destroy the spectator; on the other, she stands as a sign of the potential danger to the spectator. These works, that is, enact critiques of the very desire that inspires them.The book closes with an extended meditation on September 11, criticizing the notion that we should have been destroyed by witnessing the events of that day.

The Finding Of Lot S Wife


Author : Alfred Clark
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1896


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Blood


Author : Gil Anidjar
language : en
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date : 2014-05-06


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Blood, in Gil Anidjar's argument, maps the singular history of Christianity. A category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining, Western culture, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law. Engaging with a variety of sources, Anidjar explores the presence and the absence, the making and unmaking of blood in philosophy and medicine, law and literature, and economic and political thought, from ancient Greece to medieval Spain, from the Bible to Shakespeare and Melville. The prevalence of blood in the social, juridical, and political organization of the modern West signals that we do not live in a secular age into which religion could return. Flowing across multiple boundaries, infusing them with violent precepts that we must address, blood undoes the presumed oppositions between religion and politics, economy and theology, and kinship and race. It demonstrates that what we think of as modern is in fact imbued with Christianity. Christianity, Blood fiercely argues, must be reconsidered beyond the boundaries of religion alone.

America Dreaming And Other Plays


Author : Chiori Miyagawa
language : en
Publisher: Lulu.com
Release Date : 2012-05-01


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AMERICA DREAMING is a collection of distinctive plays by playwright Chiori Miyagawa with an introduction by dramaurge Emily Morse that illuminates a unique theatrical vision of how America dreams itself anew.

Consider Your Ways


Author : John Charles Ryle
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1849


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Home Truths Miscellaneous Addresses And Tracts


Author : John Charles Ryle (bp. of Liverpool.)
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1857


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The Life Of Mrs Mary Fletcher


Author : Henry Moore
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1824


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