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Speaking about Torture

Julie A. Carlson and Elisabeth Weber


This is the first book to take up the issue of torture from the array of approaches offered by the arts and humanities. In the post 9/11 era, our volume seeks to challenge the surprisingly widespread acceptance of state-sanctioned torture among Americans, including academics and the media entertainment complex. Speaking about Torture claims that the concepts and techniques practiced in the humanities have a special contribution to make to this debate, going beyond what is usually deemed a matter of policy for experts in government and the social sciences. It contends that the way one speaks ab ... More

Keywords: Arts and humanities, Witness, Representation, Trauma, Visual Culture, No-touch torture, Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay Prison Camp, Censorship, Euphemism

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823242245
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie A. Carlson, editor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Elisabeth Weber, editor
University of California, Santa Barbara

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For the Humanities

Julie A. Carlson and Elisabeth Weber

Part One America Tortures

Part Two Singularities of Witness

Chapter 3 Torture and Society

Edited byReinhold Görling

Part Three Graphic Assaults, Sensory Overload

Part Four Declassifying Writing

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