Imaging Disaster

Imaging Disaster

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Focusing on one landmark catastrophic event in the history of an emerging modern nationa€”the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and surrounding areas in 1923a€”this fascinating volume examines the history of the visual production of the disaster. The Kanto earthquake triggered cultural responses that ran the gamut from voyeuristic and macabre thrill to the romantic sublime, media spectacle to sacred space, mournful commemoration to emancipatory euphoria, and national solidarity to racist vigilantism and sociopolitical critique. Looking at photography, cinema, painting, postcards, sketching, urban planning, and even scientific visualizations, Weisenfeld demonstrates how visual culture has powerfully mediated the evolving historical understanding of this major national disaster, ultimately enfolding mourning and memory into modernization.Jin-hee Lee notes that there were numerous surveys of childrena#39;s quake experiences published in the years following the disaster. ... kinen bunshu: Tokyo shiritsu shogakko jido (Earthquake Commemorative Essay Collection: Children of the Tokyo Municipal Elementary Schools), vol. ... 4 (2006): 887; Haruno Ogasawara, aquot;Living with Natural Disasters: Narratives of the Great Kanto and the Great Hanshinanbsp;...

Title:Imaging Disaster
Author: Gennifer Weisenfeld
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2012-11-14

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