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Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9788763540704
Author(s): Bryoni Tresize
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Dimensions: 157 x 239 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 233

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In 1983 US president Ronald Reagan told the Israeli Prime Minister that he, as a photographer during World War II, had documented the atrocities of the concentration camps on film. The story was later exposed as a fraud as it was revealed that Reagan had resided in Hollywood during the entire war. Does this mean that Reagan was simply an amoral liar or that he established a connection to the Holocaust that can be said to have evolved from the intersection between real and reel? Visions and Revisions. Performance, Memory, Trauma brings the fields of performance studies and trauma studies together in conversation in order to investigate how these two fields both envision and revision one another in relation to crucial themes such as trauma, testimony, witness, and spectatorship. According to Peggy Phelan, a leading performance studies scholar, performance provides a unique model for witnessing events that are both unbearably real and beyond reasons ability to grasp traumatic events like the Holocaust.
While Reagans claim is obviously both paradoxical and problematic, it opens up a space in which the potential insights that performance studies and trauma studies might bring to one another become particularly visible. The first half of the anthology focuses on issues of spectatorship, specifically its ethics and the possibility of witnessing. The second half widens the discussion to include memory more broa
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