Haunted Images: Film, Ethics, Testimony and the Holocaust, by Libby Saxton. London: Wallflower, 2008. 162 pp. $28.00. Libby Saxton begins her study of Holocaust film by stating that in the wake of numerous theoretical interventions by thinkers like Jorge Semprun, Gillian Rose, and Giorgio Agamben, the question of the representability of the Holocaust has changed. She argues that "the focus of critical discussion and artistic invention has shifted from the question of whether the event could or should be represented to the question of how it might adequately or responsibly be represented" (p. 2). In fact, the scarcity of documentary visual material has haunted Holocaust cinema by its very absence. In France, in particular, the debate between Claude Lanzmann and Jean-Luc Godard over the ethical efficacy of Holocaust images has put in sharp focus what is at stake, namely "the status of the image as document and trace and the ethics of vision and blindness" (p. 5). Yet, the mediated nature of much of public life demands a critical discussion of the mechanism of representations, and particularly when dealing with major historical events. Saxton emphasizes the significance of the testimonial dimension and agrees with Agamben and others that
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Apr 9, 2010
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera