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Description - Refractions of Violence by Martin Jay

Refractions of Violence collects the recent essays of leading cultural critic and intellectual historian Martin Jay. Ranging over a wide variety of subjects, from Walter Benjamin's response to World War I to the Holocaust and the events of 9/11, this collection addresses the troubling issues of the intersection of violence and visual culture. It argues that we live in a closed economy of violence in which no outside can provide us with a safe haven from the treat of sudden, perhaps even fatal injury, either real or symbolic. By examining a number of ways in which the dialectic of violence and counter-violence finds its way into the arts, both high and low, and permeates visual experience in general, it hopes to cast some light on the dark recesses of contemporary life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415966658
ISBN-10: 0415966655
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 238
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Jay

Martin Jay is Professor of History at University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books including Fin-de-Siele Socialism and Other Essays (1988), Force Fields (1993) and co-editor of Vision in Context (1996), all published by Routledge.

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