Recently, authors such as Elaine Scarry, Susan Sontag, and Giorgio Agamben have written about these themes. The scholars in this volume add to the discussion, analyzing representations of pain in art and the media.
Author: Maria Pia Di Bella
The presentation of bodies in pain has been a major concern in Western art since the time of the Greeks. The Christian tradition is closely entwined with such themes, from the central images of the Passion to the representations of bloody martyrdoms. The remnants of this tradition are evident in contemporary images from Abu Ghraib. In the last forty years, the body in pain has also emerged as a recurring theme in performance art. Recently, authors such as Elaine Scarry, Susan Sontag, and Giorgio Agamben have written about these themes. The scholars in this volume add to the discussion, analyzing representations of pain in art and the media. Their essays are firmly anchored on consideration of the images, not on whatever actual pain the subjects suffered. At issue is representation, before and often apart from events in the world. Part One concerns practices in which the appearance of pain is understood as expressive. Topics discussed include the strange dynamics of faked pain and real pain, contemporary performance art, international photojournalism, surrealism, and Renaissance and Baroque art. Part Two concerns representations that cannot be readily assigned to that genealogy: the Chinese form of execution known as lingchi (popularly the "death of a thousand cuts"), whippings in the Belgian Congo, American lynching photographs, Boer War concentration camp photographs, and recent American capital punishment. These examples do not comprise a single alternate genealogy, but are united by the absence of an intention to represent pain. The book concludes with a roundtable discussion, where the authors discuss the ethical implications of viewing such images.
Author: Jessie Hopkins
Cartwright , Lisa , Screening the Body : Tracing Medicine ' s Visual Culture (
Minneapolis and London : University of Minnesota Press , 1995 ) . Cevasco , G .
A . ( ed . ) , The 1890s : An Encyclopedia of British Literature , Art , and Culture (
Author: Lucy Bending
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Pain is not the same for everybody. Victorian novels were awash with suffering, but this book also explores late Victorian discussions of fire-walking, tattooing and flogging, and in doing this shows the ways in which the experience was affected by class, gender, race, and criminality.
Often I fear , however , that visual cultural proponents ' preoccupation with
replacing the big A of art or aesthetics with analyses of the ... Such limited
interpretations of multimodality reawakens my discomfort with visual cultural art
education's undertheorization of the body ... Traditional western art produced and
historic studies examined refined representations of religious , political , and
social power .
But what does it mean to have an ethical experience of disturbing or traumatizing images? This collection of essays offers a reappraisal of the increasingly complex relationship between images of pain and the ethics of viewing.
Author: Asbjørn Grønstad
Few phenomena are as formative of our experience of the visual world as displays of suffering. But what does it mean to have an ethical experience of disturbing or traumatizing images? What kind of ethical proposition does an image of pain mobilize? How may the spectator learn from and make use of the painful image as a source of ethical reflection? Engaging with a wide range of visual media--from painting, theatre, and sculpture, to photography, film, and video--this interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading and emerging scholars of visual culture offers a reappraisal of the increasingly complex relationship between images of pain and the ethics of viewing. Ethics and Images of Pain reconsiders the persistent and ever pertinent nexus of aesthetics and ethics, the role of painful images as generators of unpredictable forms of affect, the moral transformation of spectatorship, the ambivalence of the witness and the representation of afflication as a fundamental form of our shared scopic experience. The instructive and illuminating essays in the collection introduce a phenomenological context in which to make sense of our current ecology of excruciating images, one that accentuates notions of responsibility, empathy, and imagination. Contributors trace the images of pain across a miscellany of case studies, and amongst the topics addressed are: the work of artists as disparate as Doris Salcedo, Anselm Kiefer and Bendik Riis; photographs from Abu Ghraib and Rwanda; Hollywood war films and animated documentaries; performances of self-immolations and incidents of police brutality captured on mobile phones.
Focusing upon a wide range of creative and critical engagements, this book makes a significant contribution to the medical humanities via its exploration of medical practice, literature and film, digital media studies, graphic design, and ...
Author: Helen Thomas
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Social Science
This ground-breaking study examines visual and literary responses to, and representations of, illness, dying and death from the perspective of the chronically ill, their families and carers, medics, artists, photographers, authors, and academics. It encourages a re-examination of cultural taboos and visual and literary practices that engage with illness and death. Focusing upon a wide range of creative and critical engagements, this book makes a significant contribution to the medical humanities via its exploration of medical practice, literature and film, digital media studies, graphic design, and both contemporary and historical attitudes towards illness, death (including infant mortality), mourning and bereavement. For some, the experience of illness provokes feelings of exile, crisis or social critique, whilst for others it instigates utopian discourses predicated upon personal reflection, communication or connectivity, wherein the “self” is redefined beyond the parameters and constraints of the “body”.
... our visual history , as a key to understand the way society accepts the visual
representation of pain . Representation of Death and Destruction in Spanish and
American Visual Culture If the history of Spanish painting is represented by
Author: Tomasz Płudowski
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszaek
Category: Mass media
This book considers images of wounded black men on various stages, including early photography, contemporary art, hip hop, and new media.
Author: Cassandra Jackson
From early photographs of disfigured slaves to contemporary representations of bullet-riddled rappers, images of wounded black men have long permeated American culture. While scholars have fittingly focused on the ever-present figure of the hypermasculine black male, little consideration has been paid to the wounded black man as a persistent cultural figure. This book considers images of wounded black men on various stages, including early photography, contemporary art, hip hop, and new media. Focusing primarily on photographic images, Jackson explores the wound as a specular moment that mediates power relations between seers and the seen. Historically, the representation of wounded black men has privileged the viewer in service of white supremacist thought. At the same time, contemporary artists have deployed the figure to expose and disrupt this very power paradigm. Jackson suggests that the relationship between the viewer and the viewed is not so much static as fluid, and that wounds serve as intricate negotiations of power structures that cannot always be simplified into the condensed narratives of victims and victimizers. Overall, Jackson attempts to address both the ways in which the wound has been exploited to patrol and contain black masculinity, as well as the ways in which twentieth century artists have represented the wound to disrupt its oppressive implications
literature, drama, visual art, religion, science, philosophy, and politics. ...
Addresses the feminist critique of art history and visual culture; queries the
viability of a feminist sensibility or politics in visual representation and ...
Addresses the complex and often painful climb toward re-establishing a truly
Indian artistic identity.
Author: University of California, Santa Cruz
Visual Culture and Celebrity in Nineteenth-century San Francisco Amy Katherine
D. Lippert ... This characterizes the second of three levels in iconology theory ,
originally developed by art historian Erwin Panofsky ... idem , Picture Theory :
Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation ( Chicago : University of Chicago
Press , 1994 ) . ... As W. J. T. Mitchell has argued in Picture Theory , “ pictures
form a point of peculiar friction and discomfort across a broad range of intellectual
Author: Amy Katherine D. Lippert
'An Economy of Colour' analyses visual culture in the context of British and French colonial activity in the North Atlantic from 1660 to 1830, and is a response to the omission in current art history of visual imagery relating to ...
Author: Geoff Quilley
Publisher: Manchester University Press
'An Economy of Colour' analyses visual culture in the context of British and French colonial activity in the North Atlantic from 1660 to 1830, and is a response to the omission in current art history of visual imagery relating to colonialism, Atlantic slavery and the development of racial ideology.
No visual artist responded to this call in the 1840s , the final years of the July
monarchy in France , which was largely a period of eclecticism in the arts . ...
works like The Stonebreakers ( Plate 1.6 ) and the Burial at Ornans , with their
controversial representations of class division in rural ... The painstaking literary
naturalism of the Pre - Raphaelite Brotherhood marked the limit of English artistic
Author: Steve Edwards
Through carefully chosen themes and topics rather than through a general survey, this title approaches the process of looking at works of art in terms of their audiences, functions and cross-cultural contexts. It includes essays which engage directly with topical issues around art and gender, globalisation, cultural difference and curating.
Category: Languages, Modern
Examining migraines in children and the socially disabling effects that chronic pain can have, this book uses medical, political and cultural discourse to convey a sense of invisible disability in children with migraine and its subsequent ...
Author: Susan Honeyman
Category: Social Science
In the twenty-first century there is increasing global recognition of pain relief as a basic human right. However, as Susan Honeyman argues in this new take on child pain and invisible disability, such a belief has historically been driven by adult, ideological needs, whereas the needs of children in pain have traditionally been marginalised or overlooked in comparison. Examining migraines in children and the socially disabling effects that chronic pain can have, this book uses medical, political and cultural discourse to convey a sense of invisible disability in children with migraine and its subsequent oppression within educational and medical policy. The book is supported by authentic migraineurs’ experiences and first-hand interviews as well as testimonials from a range of historical, literary, and medical sources never combined in a child-centred context before. Representations of child pain and lifespan migraine within literature, art and popular culture are also pulled together in order to provide an interdisciplinary guide to those wanting to understand migraine in children and the identity politics of disability more fully. Child Pain, Migraine, and Invisible Disability will appeal to scholars in childhood studies, children’s rights, literary and visual culture, disability studies and medical humanities. It will also be of interest to anyone who has suffered from migraines or has cared for children affected by chronic pain.
In this book, Soraya Murray moves past the technical discussions of games and offers a fresh and incisive look at their cultural dimensions.
Author: Soraya Murray
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Social Science
Today over half of all American households own a dedicated game console and gaming industry profits trump those of the film industry worldwide. In this book, Soraya Murray moves past the technical discussions of games and offers a fresh and incisive look at their cultural dimensions. She critically explores blockbusters likeThe Last of Us, Metal Gear Solid, Spec Ops: The Line, Tomb Raider and Assassin's Creed to show how they are deeply entangled with American ideological positions and contemporary political, cultural and economic conflicts.As quintessential forms of visual material in the twenty-first century, mainstream games both mirror and spur larger societal fears, hopes and dreams, and even address complex struggles for recognition. This book examines both their elaborately constructed characters and densely layered worlds, whose social and environmental landscapes reflect ideas about gender, race, globalisation and urban life. In this emerging field of study, Murray provides novel theoretical approaches to discussing games and playable media as culture. Demonstrating that games are at the frontline of power relations, she reimagines how we see them - and more importantly how we understand them.
Rather, these are fields that share forms, manifest as waves, layers, lines, or geometries; that invest in the idea of the evolution of form; and that generate surprisingly kindred responses, such as pain, pleasure, empathy, and sympathy.
Author: Nancy Rose Marshall
Publisher: Sci & Culture in the Nineteent
The nineteenth century was a period of science and imagery: when scientific theories and discoveries challenged longstanding boundaries between animal, plant, and human, and when art and visual culture produced new notions about the place of the human in the natural world. Just as scientists relied on graphic representation to conceptualize their ideas, artists moved seamlessly between scientific debate and creative expression to support or contradict popular scientific theories--such as Darwin's theory of evolution and sexual selection--deliberately drawing on concepts in ways that allowed them to refute popular claims or disrupt conventional knowledges. Focusing on the close kinship between the arts and sciences during the Victorian period, the art historians contributing to this volume reveal the unique ways in which nineteenth-century British and American visual culture participated in making science, and in which science informed art at a crucial moment in the history of the development of the modern world. Together, they explore topics in geology, meteorology, medicine, anatomy, evolution, and zoology, as well as a range of media from photography to oil painting. They remind us that science and art are not tightly compartmentalized, separate influences. Rather, these are fields that share forms, manifest as waves, layers, lines, or geometries; that invest in the idea of the evolution of form; and that generate surprisingly kindred responses, such as pain, pleasure, empathy, and sympathy.
Essays exploring the role of trauma in modern art.
Author: Lisa Saltzman
Essays exploring the role of trauma in modern art.
In The Visual Culture Reader , Geoffrey Batchen argues that virtual reality is one
of the " fundamental conditions of ... while others calmly asserted that visual
culture , as Susan Buck - Morss put it , “ entails the liquidation of art as we have ...
to Rodney King , from the visual analysis of a sneeze to the representation of
landscapes in museums of natural history , from ... and could come across a great
many of them in a single day without any discomfort , or , at least , any visual
Category: Architectural design
The Image as Object of Analysis Visual Culture , as the discipline is often called
in a shortened form , thus refers to a field of study and the ... ( Hebel and Moreth -
Hebel 2003 : 187 ) exceed art history and include “ those material artefacts ,
buildings and images , plus time - based ... and publishes various essays on this
subject in On Photography ( 1977 / 1990 ) and Regarding the Pain of Others (
2003b ) .
Author: Susanne Ehrenreich-Blaekovi
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
For many weeks, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 dominated the newspapers which covered the consequences with an unprecedented immediateness. This study looks at diverging representations of 9/11 in U.S. and German newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung) and explores effects on its possible readerships. The impact of the attacks, forms of heroism, the enactment of leadership, various demonstrations of patriotism and grief as well as the textual and visual presentation of the attacks are analyzed in detail. These intermedial representations reaffirm or contest U.S. American grand narratives. While the German newspapers tend to focus on information and analysis, the U.S. papers tend to strengthen shattered U.S. American identity constructions. The study is based on nearly 2,000 newspaper articles and documents the wide scope of topics prevalent in the post-9/11 newspaper coverage.
This volume is divided into two distinct sections allowing the reader to compare and contrast the psychoanalytic and the cultural writings.
Author: Claire Pajaczkowska
Why do human beings feel shame? What is the cultural dimension of shame and sexuality? Can theory understand the power of affect? How is psychoanalysis integral to cultural theory? The experience of shame is a profound, painful and universal emotion with lasting effects on many aspects of public life and human culture. Rooted in childhood experience, linked to sexuality and the cultural norms which regulate the body and its pleasures, shame is uniquely human. Shame and Sexuality explores elements of shame in human psychology and the cultures of art, film, photography and textiles. This volume is divided into two distinct sections allowing the reader to compare and contrast the psychoanalytic and the cultural writings. Part I, Psychoanalysis, provides a psychoanalytic approach to shame, using clinical examples to explore the function of unconscious fantasies, the shame shield in child sexual abuse, and the puzzling manner in which shame attaches itself to sexuality. Part II, Visual Culture, is illustrated throughout with textual analysis; contributors explore shame and sexuality in art history, politics and contemporary visual culture, including the gendering of shame, shame and abjection, and the relationship between shame and shamelessness as a strategy of resistance. Claire Pajaczkowska and Ivan Ward bring together debates within and between the discourses of psychoanalysis and visual culture, generating new avenues of enquiry for scholars of culture, theory and psychoanalysis.