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Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima to September 11 (Studies in European Culture and History Series)
     

Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima to September 11 (Studies in European Culture and History Series)

by Gene Ray
 

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In these 11 essays, Ray traces the transformation in art and critical theory in the aftermath of Auschwitz and Hiroshima. He confronts the shared cultural conditions that made Auschwitz and Hiroshima possible and offers meditations on the structure and meaning of traumatic historical events. Ray argues that globalization cannot be separated from the collective tasks

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In these 11 essays, Ray traces the transformation in art and critical theory in the aftermath of Auschwitz and Hiroshima. He confronts the shared cultural conditions that made Auschwitz and Hiroshima possible and offers meditations on the structure and meaning of traumatic historical events. Ray argues that globalization cannot be separated from the collective tasks of working through historical genocide. Applying his conclusions to the trauma of September 11 and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, he contends that the current War on Terror can be understood as a globalized inability to mourn. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"This book sees, without sentiment, into the dark heart of our world; war is the health of the state, and nuclear exterminism the perfection of its logic. Ray not only explores, with fierce lucidity, this terrible truth and the ways in which it implicates the human psyche and imagination, but prepares the critical ground for the gathering of counter-powers to capitalist modernity and the spectacle. An artful, profound work of radical aesthetics." - Iain A. Boal, University of California, Berkeley

"Ray's book demonstrates a continuing commitment to cultural critique that extends and exceeds its formulation in the Frankfurt School, most especially in the writings of Adorno. Taken together, his collected essays constitute a penetrating witness to late twentieth-century cultural history. There are, to my knowledge, simply no books out there that provide a similarly penetrating and wide-ranging account, with such a clear critical trajectory." - Barbara McCloskey, University of Pittsburgh

"Many contemporary theorists have recently turned their attention to the relation between art and politics. In this area, however, Ray's work is unique: philosophically informed as well as imaginative, analytically forceful and yet poetic, it highlights the task of productive mourning necessary for a post-fantasmatic reorientation of critical theory and radical politics." - Yannis Stavrakakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230256903
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Series:
Studies in European Culture and History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
470 KB

Meet the Author

Gene Ray has taught at New College of Florida and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a former German Chancellor's Scholar of the Alexamder con Humboldt Foundation.

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