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Crime Scenery in Postwar Film and Photography

Authors: Gustafsson, Henrik

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  • Marks the first theoretically informed book-length study of the visual exploration of sites in the aftermath of violent encounters
  • Maps a new interdisciplinary field for the interpretation of landscape by bringing it into close dialogue with contemporary theory on memory, trace and the image
  • Engages the forensic dimension of visual forms in a vast array of artistic disciplines from the mid-nineteenth century to the present
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This book offers a rare and innovative consideration of an enduring tendency in postwar art to explore places devoid of human agents in the wake of violent encounters. To see the scenery together with the crime elicits a double interrogation, not merely of a physical site but also of its formation as an aesthetic artefact, and ultimately of our own acts of looking and imagining. Closely engaging with a vast array of works made by artists, filmmakers and photographers, each who has forged a distinct vantage point on the aftermath of crime and conflict, the study selectively maps the afterlife of landscape in search of the political and ethical agency of the image. By way of a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach, Crime Scenery in Postwar Film and Photography brings landscape studies into close dialogue with contemporary theory by paying sustained attention to how the gesture of retracing past events facilitates new configurations of the present and future.

About the authors

Henrik Gustafsson is Professor of Film, Media and Visual Culture in the Department of Media and Documentation Science, University of Tromsø, Norway. His articles appear in numerous anthologies and journals, and he is the author or editor of four books, including Cinema and Agamben: Ethics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image (co-edited with Asbjørn Grønstad, 2014) and Out of Site: Landscape and Cultural Reflexivity in New Hollywood Cinema, 1969-1974 (2008).

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“Crime Scenery in Postwar Film and Photography opens our eyes to otherwise invisible witnesses of some of the 20th century’s most violent wars. We discover the secrets held by landscapes as distant as Beirut, the West Bank, postwar Germany and Poland, as they have been glimpsed in film and photography. The traces of past and present violence are found on the earth, in the trees, and imprinted across the topography of the viewer’s memory, and subsequently, magnified for us through an accessible discussion of image theories from Walter Benjamin to Georges Didi-Huberman.” (Frances Guerin, University of Kent, UK)

“Where W.J.T. Mitchell speculates that landscape is an exhausted medium for the arts, Henrik Gustafsson finds a new imperative to look at landscape once again, this time to pay attention to the sites where violence has taken place, often without leaving trace. These ‘crime scenes’, it is persuasively argued, are the sites for artistic fieldwork practices that interrogate our relation to trauma, absence and the experience of secondary witnessing. Working forensically, patiently across a compelling selection of film and photographic works, Gustafsson in Crime Scenery invites us to see the aesthetics of landscape as an imminently political interface.” (Janet Harbord, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crime Scenery in Postwar Film and Photography
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04867-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04867-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04866-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 285
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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