Seminar: War and Visual Image让我极度痛苦，看人用十分详尽的篇幅精细的语言来描述torture, war, injury, pain让我生理上神经上都承受不了，最后的那本Abu Ghraib Effect 绝对会让我当堂呕吐。
Quotations, from The Body in Pain by Elaine Scarry
"Torture is parallel act of deconstruction. It imitates the destructive power of war: rather than destroying the concrete physical fact of streets, houses, factories and schools, it destroys them as they exist in the mind of the prisoner, it destroys them as they exist in the furnishings of a room: to convert a table into a weapon is to set a factory on fire; to hear a confession is to watch from above the explosion of a city block" (61).
"That is, a person who believes (perhaps quite rightly) that the outcome of a particular war will be greater political freedom for a given population may wrongly think of the interior activity of war as ‘freeing’"(68).
From ancient times to present day, people legitimize and justify the torture and war by using the agency of language. Indeed, it’s all about injury and the infliction of pain on others, a desire that deeply roots in the human nature. ugly