Ruins of Modernity

Ruins of Modernity

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Images of ruins may represent the raw realities created by bombs, natural disasters, or factory closings, but the way we see and understand ruins is not raw or unmediated. Rather, looking at ruins, writing about them, and representing them are acts framed by a long tradition. This unique interdisciplinary collection traces discourses about and representations of ruins from a richly contextualized perspective. In the introduction, Julia Hell and Andreas SchApnle discuss how European modernity emerged partly through a confrontation with the ruins of the premodern past. Several contributors discuss ideas about ruins developed by philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Georg Simmel, and Walter Benjamin. One contributor examines how W. G. Sebalda€™s novel The Rings of Saturn betrays the ruins erased or forgotten in the Hegelian philosophy of history. Another analyzes the repressed specter of being bombed out of existence that underpins post-Second World War modernist architecture, especially Le Corbusiera€™s plans for Paris. Still another compares the ways that formerly dominant white populations relate to urban-industrial ruins in Detroit and to colonial ruins in Namibia. Other topics include atomic ruins at a Nevada test site, the connection between the cinema and ruins, the various narratives that have accrued around the Inca ruin of VilcashuamAin, Tolstoya€™s response in War and Peace to the destruction of Moscow in the fire of 1812, the Nazisa€™ obsession with imperial ruins, and the emergence in Mumbai of a new a€œkinetic citya€ on what some might consider the ruins of a modernist city. By focusing on the concept of ruin, this collection sheds new light on modernity and its vast ramifications and complexities. Contributors. Kerstin Barndt, Jon Beasley-Murray, Russell A. Berman, Jonathan Bolton, Svetlana Boym, Amir Eshel, Julia Hell, Daniel Herwitz, Andreas Huyssen, Rahul Mehrotra, Johannes von Moltke, Vladimir Paperny, Helen Petrovsky, Todd Presner, Helmut Puff, Alexander Regier, Eric Rentschler, Lucia Saks, Andreas SchApnle, Tatiana Smoliarova, George Steinmetz, Jonathan Veitch, Gustavo Verdesio, Anthony Vidlera#39;a#39;We will change the eartha#39;s surface to suit us, a#39;a#39; Teller observes matter-of-factly, and Plowshare was to be the vehicle by which that dream was realized.aˆl Nowhere is ... In that essay, Teller issues an astonishing series of predictions on behalf of the Plowshare Program. He insists ... a#39;a#39;Dreams, a#39;a#39; Teller reminds the skeptical among us, a#39;a#39;do come true.a#39;a#39;Ic In the ... In the brochures and information distributed by the nts, the Sedan Crater is touted as a#39;a#39;the largest man-made crater in the world.

Title:Ruins of Modernity
Author: Julia Hell, Andreas Schönle
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2010-02-26

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