Beautiful Terrible Ruins

In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films.

Beautiful Terrible Ruins

Author: Dora Apel

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813574080

Page: 208

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Once the manufacturing powerhouse of the nation, Detroit has become emblematic of failing cities everywhere—the paradigmatic city of ruins—and the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins, art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. Apel shows how Detroit has become pivotal to an expanding network of ruin imagery, imagery ultimately driven by a pervasive and growing cultural pessimism, a loss of faith in progress, and a deepening fear that worse times are coming. The images of Detroit’s decay speak to the overarching anxieties of our era: increasing poverty, declining wages and social services, inadequate health care, unemployment, homelessness, and ecological disaster—in short, the failure of capitalism. Apel reveals how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the haunted beauty and fascination of ruin imagery, embodied by Detroit’s abandoned downtown skyscrapers, empty urban spaces, decaying factories, and derelict neighborhoods help us to cope with our fears. But Apel warns that these images, while pleasurable, have little explanatory power, lulling us into seeing Detroit’s deterioration as either inevitable or the city’s own fault, and absolving the real agents of decline—corporate disinvestment and globalization. Beautiful Terrible Ruins helps us understand the ways that the pleasure and the horror of urban decay hold us in thrall.

Empire of Ruins

20 Dora Apel, Beautiful Terrible Ruins (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University
Press, 2015), 100. 21 Camilo José Vergara, American Ruins (New York:
Monacelli Press, 1999), 15. 22 Vergara, 206 23 Vergara, 57–58. 24 Edward
Gibbon ...

Empire of Ruins

Author: Miles Orvell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190491604

Page: 280

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Once symbols of the past, ruins have become ubiquitous signs of our future. Americans today encounter ruins in the media on a daily basis--images of abandoned factories and malls, toxic landscapes, devastating fires, hurricanes, and floods. In this sweeping study, Miles Orvell offers a new understanding of the spectacle of ruins in US culture, exploring how photographers, writers, painters, and filmmakers have responded to ruin and destruction, both real and imaginary, in an effort to make sense of the past and envision the future. Empire of Ruins explains why Americans in the nineteenth century yearned for the ruins of Rome and Egypt and how they portrayed a past as ancient and mysterious in the remains of Native American cultures. As the romance of ruins gave way to twentieth-century capitalism, older structures were demolished to make way for grander ones, a process interpreted by artists as a symptom of America's "creative destruction." In the late twentieth century, Americans began to inhabit a perpetual state of ruins, made visible by photographs of decaying inner cities, derelict factories and malls, and the waste lands of the mining industry. This interdisciplinary work focuses on how visual media have transformed disaster and decay into spectacles that compel our moral attention even as they balance horror and beauty. Looking to the future, Orvell considers the visual portrayal of climate ruins as we face the political and ethical responsibilities of our changing world. A wide-ranging work by an acclaimed urban, cultural, and photography scholar, Empire of Ruins offers a provocative and lavishly illustrated look at the American past, present, and future.

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the Production of Anthropological ... Apel , Beautiful Terrible Ruins : Detroit and
the Anxiety of Decline ( New Brunswick , NJ : Rutgers University Press , 2015 ) .

Asfuriyyeh

Author: Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Publisher:

ISBN: 0262044749

Page: 312

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"How 'Asfuriyyeh, one of the first modern psychiatric hospitals in the the Middle East, influenced the complex relationships between pathology and modernity in the region (and beyond)"--

Terrible Beauty

His image of " shattered glass and toppling masonry " is framed by " the ruin of all
space ” and “ time one livid final flame , " the Kantian forms in images of Blakean
apocalypse . For what matters to Joyce and Blake , for all their differences , is ...

Terrible Beauty

Author: Patrick J. Keane

Publisher:

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Page: 146

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The Ruins of Childhood

18 Here , as in his dream narrative , Pearse praises youthful beauty at the point at
which it is cut off . ... terrible , beautiful voice which is invoked three times in the
play ' s closing pages and which was to return in the ' terrible beauty ' celebrated
 ...

The Ruins of Childhood

Author: Christine Clegg

Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart Limited

ISBN:

Page: 163

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The nature of childhood has been much in the public mind recently. Moral panics continually arise about both child victims and child perpetrators of crime. And alongside the horror stories of the headlines, another kind of media representation of children churns out images which evoke nostalgia for a lost golden age of childhood.

Self giving

She had heard more of the artgalleries in the Saxony capital , than of the old and
the new Pinacothek and the Glyptothek and the National Museum of the beautiful
Bavarian metropolis . In after years , amid the terrible ruins and despair of ...

Self giving

Author: William Folwell Bainbridge

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 521

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The Century

DESTROYED BY EARTHQUAKE, I774. it were, a realization of the terrible
disasters which have so frequently visited this lovely spot. The ruins of the
immense cathedral, the walls of which are still standing, and of the once beautiful
church of ...

The Century

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A Terrible Beauty

Despite this impressive start he was unnerved by the scale of the war and fretted
about the limited range of his subject - matter , apologising for its lack of variety to
his commissioners in London : I'm afraid that I have not done many ruins .

A Terrible Beauty

Author: Paul Gough

Publisher: Sansom (Acc)

ISBN:

Page: 335

View: 152

In-depth survey of artists of the Great War, including Paul Nash, Muirhead Bone, Nevinson, Orpen, Stanley Spencer and Wyndham Lewis.

Arthur s Home Magazine

Close beside the Khootab is a remarkable credibly hard battle , resulting in
terrible loss of pillar made at a single cast of ... south of Delhi , The plains round
about Delhi are strewn with is the town of Agra , also remarkable for the beauty
ruins .

Arthur s Home Magazine

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Ruins of Ancient Cities

The whole work is less val . uable for its enormous statues than for the beauty of
the sculpture and the perfection of the granite , which ... He is combating with the
advanced troops , and by his side is a terrible lion , ardent in his defence . On the
 ...

Ruins of Ancient Cities

Author: Charles Bucke

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

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Terrible Beauty

It was a terrible place . ... Many of the buildings had been beautiful homes for the
gentry before they retired to residences south of the Liffey , an irony not lost on
Margaret Skinnider when Con ... I found the poor among the ruins of grandeur .

Terrible Beauty

Author: Diana Norman

Publisher: Irish Books & Media

ISBN:

Page: 320

View: 424

Arthur s Illustrated Home Magazine

Close beside the Khootab is a remarkable credibly hard battle , resulting in
terrible loss of pillar made at a single cast of ... south of Delhi , The plains round
about Delhi are strewn with is the town of Agra , also remarkable for the beauty
ruins .

Arthur s Illustrated Home Magazine

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A Summer Jaunt of One Hundred Days in Europe

The most eloquent pen cannot do justice to the city of Paris ; its unsurpassed
beauty cannot be described . ... All but the Tuilleries have been repaired and
replaced ; tbat alone remains in ruins to tell of those terrible days when law and
order ...

A Summer Jaunt of One Hundred Days in Europe

Author: W. T. Ellis

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 221

View: 522

The Dream Factory

They were brought here from the ruins of a lovely old house that was destroyed in
the fire, and I think there's a sadness and beauty the way they reflect in the ... It
made a terrible ruin, though, nothing like those columns and stairs over there.

The Dream Factory

Author: Jack Warner

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780770107611

Page: 640

View: 934

The Martyrs of the Coliseum

... Alaric had made his way through the beautiful plains of Italy , and the wreck of
cities and smoking ruins were the traces of his victorious march . ... Their apathy
and blindness to the terrible ruin which threatened them was the first sign of ...

The Martyrs of the Coliseum

Author: Augustin J. O'Reilly

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 447

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