Feb 16 Hiroshima

Watch stopped at 8:15 am 6 Aug 1945

Watch stopped at 8:15 am 6 Aug 1945

This week we will discuss both the film and possible responses to the disaster of atomic bombing. To do this we will need to keep focused on the temporal and spatial scale of the bombings and ask in what way do each of our examples address those issues. Are they adequate to the scale? If not, why? Following Treat ask if anything could be adequate to not just a huge disaster of mass death, but to this particular form of mass death that is atomic bombings. (For this we need to refer back to our previous readings such as New Species of Trouble, Virilio, Ewald, Weart, etc.). If literature or film is inadequate, what would be? Politics? Revenge? Why or why not?

In-class film: White Light, Black Rain

Readings:

  1. Spencer Weart, The Rise of Nuclear Fear (excerpts)
  2. Mark Selden, “The Logic of Mass Destruction”
  3. John Treat, Writing Ground Zero (excerpts)
  4. Joseph Rotblat, “Leaving the Bomb Project
  5. Lanouette, “Three Attempts to Stop the Bomb