Fear Reverence Terror
Author: Carlo Ginzburg
9780857424358 | HB | pp. 250+xvi | 2017 | Seagull Books
Fear Reverence Terror is a collection of five essays in Political iconography. Though the themes of the essays vary greatly amongst themselves a common analytical instrument used ins Pathosformeln (formula of Pathos) suggested by Aby Warburg over a century ago.
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We are surrounded by images, fairly drowning in them. From our cell phones to our computers, from our televisions at home to the screens that light up while we wait in the grocery store checkout line, images of all kinds are seducing us, commanding us to buy!, scaring us, dazzling us.
Fear, Reverence, Terror invites us to look at images slowly, with the help of a few examples: Picasso’s Guernica, the ‘Lord Kitchener Wants You’ World War I recruitment poster, Jacques-Louis David’s Marat, the frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, a cup of gilded silver with scenes from the conquest of the New World. Are these political images, Carlo Ginzburg asks? Yes, because every image is, in a sense, political–an instrument of power. Tacitus once wrote, unforgettably, that we are enslaved by lies of which we ourselves are the authors. Is it possible to break this bond? Fear, Reverence, Terror will answer this question.
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About the Authors
The author is is professor emeritus at Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of many books, including The Cheese and the Worms, The Night Battles, and Myths, Emblems, and Clues.
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