Speaking about Torture / Elisabeth Weber, Julie A. Carlson.
- New York, NY : Fordham University Press, 
1 online resource (384 pages)
- Torture in literature.
Torture in mass media.
- Local subjects:
- Abu Ghraib. (search)
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- This collection of essays is the first book to take up the urgent issue of torture from the array of approaches offered by the arts and humanities. In the post-9/11 era, where we are once again compelled to entertain debates about the legality of torture, this volume speaks about the practice in an effort to challenge the surprisingly widespread acceptance of state-sanctioned torture among Americans, including academics and the media-entertainment complex. Speaking about Torture also claims that the concepts and techniques practiced in the humanities have a special contribution to make to this debate, going beyond what is usually deemed a matter of policy for experts in government and the social sciences. It contends that the way one speaks about torture-including that one speaks about it-is key to comprehending, legislating, and eradicating torture. That is, we cannot discuss torture without taking into account the assaults on truth, memory, subjectivity, and language that the humanities theorize and that the experience of torture perpetuates. Such accounts are crucial to framing the silencing and demonizing that accompany the practice and representation of torture.Written by scholars in literary analysis, philosophy, history, film and media studies, musicology, and art history working in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, the essays in this volume speak from a conviction that torture does not work to elicit truth, secure justice, or maintain security. They engage in various ways with the limits that torture imposes on language, on subjects and community, and on governmental officials, while also confronting the complicity of artists and humanists in torture through their silence, forms of silencing, and classic means of representation. Acknowledging this history is central to the volume's advocacy of speaking about torture through the forms of witness offered and summoned by the humanities.
For the Humanities
Chapter 1. An Assault on Truth: A Chronology of Torture, Deception, and Denial
Chapter 2. In the Minotaur's Labyrinth: Psychological Torture, Public Forgetting, and Contested History
Chapter 3. Torture and Societ
Chapter 4. What Nazi Crimes Against Humanity Can Tell Us about Torture Today
Chapter 5. "Torture Was the Essence of National Socialism": Reading Jean Améry Today
Chapter 6. "What Did the Corpse Want?" Torture in Poetry
Chapter 7. Painting Against Torture
Chapter 8. Torture and Representation: The Art of Détournement
Chapter 9. Waterboarding: Political and Sacred Torture
Chapter 10. Damnatio Memoriae
Chapter 11. Rituals of Hegemonic Masculinity: Cinema, Torture, and the Middle East
Chapter 12. Music and Torture: The Stigmata of Sound and Sense
Chapter 13. The Language of Feeling Made into a Weapon: Music as an Instrument of Torture
Chapter 14. Romantic Poet Legislators: An End of Torture
Chapter 15. The Fine Details: Torture and the Social Order
Chapter 16. Reasonable Torture, or the Sanctities
Chapter 17. John Yoo, the Torture Memos, and Ward Churchill: Exploring the Outer Limits of Academic Freedom
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
- Carlson, Julie A., editor., Editor,
Weber, Elisabeth, editor., Editor,
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9780823242276 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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