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ISBN - 10: 0791440060
ISBN - 13: 9780791440063
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Beclouded Visions is an exploration of the many and varied ways in
which atrocity has shaped the requirements of art, vision, and
collective memory in the twentieth century. The atomic bombs that
were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki serve as a starting point,
but what begins as a study of visual culture related to the atomic
bombings soon generates questions that can be applied to multiple
sites and practices of communal remembrance.
Drawing on a diverse array of images-ranging from military
photographs to survivor paintings-Maclear asks what it means to see
such representations. What does it mean to put a face to horror?
Does "seeing everything" make us more humane? Is it possible to
become inured to images of violence? She probes the nature of our
fascination with images of horror, and she questions our attachment
to pictorial realism and graphic memory. Placing philosophers such
as Jacques Derrida, Walter Benjamin, and Theodore Adorno in the
context of ongoing debates about history and memory, Beclouded
Visions provides a refreshing perspective on art, remembrance, and