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    Trauma, bodies, and performance art: towards an embodied ethics of seeing

    Oliver, Sophie Anne (2010) Trauma, bodies, and performance art: towards an embodied ethics of seeing. Continuum 24 (1), pp. 119-129. ISSN 1030-4312.

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    Abstract

    The question of how to be an ethical witness to the suffering of distant others is one that has long been a preoccupation of trauma studies scholars. This paper addresses the problem of (un)ethical spectatorship of the traumatized body by engaging with the theory and practice of contemporary performance art. Rejecting the fantasy of the ideal moral witness, the author turns to models of embodied spectatorship suggested by performance-body art to propose ways of seeing that acknowledge and accept the necessary ambivalence of the distant spectatorship of suffering, while at the same time promoting a sense of 'response-ability' and self-reflection.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 08:56
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3249

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