Forgetting Lot's Wife: On Destructive Spectatorship by Martin Harries

By Martin Harries

Can taking a look at catastrophe and mass loss of life wreck us? Forgetting Lot’s spouse presents a idea and a fragmentary background of damaging spectatorship within the 20th century. Its topic is the suggestion that the sight of historic disaster can damage the spectator. The fragments of this background all lead again to the tale of Lot’s spouse: on reflection on the destruction of the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah, she becomes a pillar of salt. This biblical tale of punishment and transformation, a nexus of sexuality, sight, and towns, turns into the template for the trendy worry that in retrospect at catastrophe may well petrify the spectator. even supposing hardly ever articulated directly,
this inspiration is still strong in our tradition. This booklet strains a few of its aesthetic, theoretical, and moral effects.

Harries lines the determine of Lot’s spouse throughout media. In prolonged engagements with examples from twentieth-century theater, movie, and portray, he makes a speciality of the theatrical idea of Antonin Artaud, a chain of yankee motion pictures, and work by means of Anselm Kiefer. those examples all go back to the tale of Lot’s spouse with a view to take into consideration smooth predicaments of the spectator. at the one hand, the occasionally veiled determine of Lot’s spouse permits those artists to photo the need to ruin the spectator; at the different, she stands as an indication of the capability probability to the spectator. those works, that's, enact opinions of the very hope that conjures up them.
The e-book closes with a longer meditation on September eleven, criticizing the proposal that we must always were destroyed via witnessing the occasions of that day.

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