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The Culture of Disaster

Marie-Hélène Huet


From antiquity through the Enlightenment, disasters were attributed to the obscure power of the stars or the vengeance of angry gods. As philosophers sought to reassess the origins of natural disasters, they also made it clear that humans shared responsibility for the damages caused by a violent universe. This far-ranging book explores the way writers, thinkers, and artists have responded to the increasingly political concept of disaster from the Enlightenment until today. It argues that post-Enlightenment culture has been haunted by the sense of emergency which made natural catastrophes and h ... More

Keywords: disasters, vengeance, Enlightenment, post-Enlightenment culture, emergency, natural catastrophes, collective crisis, personal tragedy, plague, cholera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226358215
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226358239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie-Hélène Huet, author