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Spectral Evidence The Photography of Trauma

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ISBN-10: 0262524473

ISBN-13: 9780262524476

Edition: 2005

Authors: Ulrich Baer

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In this remarkable contribution to photographic criticism and psychoanalytic literature, Ulrich Baer traces the hitherto overlooked connection between the experience of trauma and the photographic image. Instead of treating trauma as a photographic "theme," Baer examines the striking parallel between those moments arrested mechanically by photography and those arrested experientially by the traumatized psyche--moments that bypass normal cognition and memory. Taking as points of departure Charcot's images of hysteria and Freud's suggestion that the unconscious is structured like a camera, Baer shows how the invention of photography and the emergence of the modern category of "trauma"…    
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Ulrich Baer is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University.

Introduction: Toward a Democritean Gaze
Photography and Hysteria: Toward a Poetics of the Flash
To Give Memory a Place: Contemporary Holocaust Photography and the Landscape Tradition
Meyer Levin's In Search/Mikael Levin's War Story: Secondary Witnessing and the Holocaust
Revision, Animation, Rescue: Color Photographs from the Lodz Ghetto and Dariusz Jablonski's Holocaust Documentary Fotoamator
Conclusion
Notes
Index