“A compelling and broad-reaching manuscript that will be of great interest not only to scholars of Arendt and Eichmann, but to those who want to think more generally about the interrelationship of political judgment and visual culture.”
—Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
"By relating the visual to the criminal and political issues of the Nazi genocide, Eichmann, and Arendt, Hartouni poses critical questions on justice and morality that resonant in other genocides and in our time."
—Lia Deromedi, Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory
"Hartouni provides simply the finest analysis of the issues involved in Arendt’s reading of Eichmann and the failure of the trial to recognize a new crime, the crime of the bureaucracy and ‘the optics of thoughtlessness’. Visualizing Atrocity is a masterful accomplishment and should take its place as the leading work at the intersection of political and normative judgement with visual projection."
—Wayne Morrison, Theoretical Criminality
"Visualizing Atrocity is a masterful accomplishment and should take its place as the leading work at the intersection of political and normative judgement with visual projection."
“Valerie Hartouni’s volume reinterprets Hannah Arendt’s controversial reflections on political evil in the twentieth century. […] It should be apparent that there is a great of continuity in Arendt’s thought in regard to her conception of the system of rule that rendered human beings superfluous. And it is in this regard that Hartouni makes her greatest contribution, both stressing and reinterpreting Arendt’s insight that ‘totalitarian solutions’ did not end with the demise of the German totalitarian dictatorship and that ‘the Nazi project…had changed the conditions of the lifeworld or the living-together of people.’”
—Holocaust and Genocide Studies
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