Suffering, Art, and Aesthetics

Editors: Hadj-Moussa, R., Nijhawan, M. (Eds.)

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How do we conceptualize the relationship between suffering, art, and aesthetics from within the broader framework of social, cultural, and political thought today? This book brings together a range of intellectuals from the social sciences and humanities to speak to theoretical debates around the questions of suffering in art and suffering and art.

About the authors

Conerly Casey, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA Roma Chatterji, Delhi University, India Nathalie Heinich, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France Bogumil Jewsiewicki, Université Laval, Canada Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University, Canada Caterina Pasquilino, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France Anna Schultz, Stanford University, USA

Reviews

"It is the great merit of this collective volume to bring together recent theoretical advances in the anthropology of art and original empirical cases from various parts of the world, so as to link in novel manner aesthetics, politics, and subjectivities." - Didier Fassin, co-author (with Richard Retchman) of The Empire of Trauma and author of Humanitarian Reason

"It's commonplace to criticize depictions of suffering as numbing spectacle. Suffering, Art, and Aesthetics offers powerful cases of artworks in many media that capture and express the suffering of others, whether between generations or across cultures, with thoughtful care. By strategies such as privileging the ordinary, giving precedence to non-visual sensory experience, and addressing local audiences first, artworks can decelerate the transition from sensation to meaning, giving recipients time and space to feel, gradually decipher, and collectively learn from experiences of suffering." - Laura U. Marks, Simon Fraser University, Canada


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hadj-Moussa, Ratiba (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • In Praise of Ambiguity: On the Visual Economy of Distant Suffering

    Kurasawa, Fuyuki

    Pages 23-50

  • Denial and Challenge of Modernity: Suffering, Recognition, and Dignity in Photographs by Sammy Baloji

    Jewsiewicki, Bogumil

    Pages 51-74

  • Event, Image, Affect: The Tsunami in the Folk Art of Bengal

    Chatterji, Roma

    Pages 75-98

  • Vocalizations of Suffering

    Pasqualino, Caterina

    Pages 99-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Suffering, Art, and Aesthetics
Editors
  • R. Hadj-Moussa
  • M. Nijhawan
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Michael Nijhawan
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-42608-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137426086
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-42607-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49069-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 233
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations
Topics