Christian Metz coined the phrase 'scopic regime'' to express the idea that not just what we see but how we see it and make sense of it is structured differently in different times and places. Nowhere is this clearer than in the depiction of acts of sovereign power. Since the US Civil War, visual images have played a key role in the representation of State-sanctioned violence. More generally, they frame the relationship between legal authority and its subjects. How violence and death is...[Show more]
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