Abu ghraib and its shadow archives

Joseph Pugliese*

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The focus of this essay is on the visual conditions of possibility that underpin the Abu Ghraib torture photographs. In the course of the essay, I proceed to map the codes, conventions, technologies, aesthetics, and visual archives that enable both acts of torture and their visual representation. By situating the Abu Ghraib torture photographs within Orientalist, fascist, and white supremacist shadow archives, I analyse those points of intersection between genealogies of technopolitico- military power and visual regimes of subjugation, mastery, violence, and torture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-276
Number of pages30
JournalLaw and Literature
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Published as Law & Literature, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 247-276. © 2007 by the Regents of the University of California/The Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of The Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on Caliber (http://caliber.ucpress.net/) or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, http://www.copyright.com.


  • Abu ghraib
  • Aesthetics
  • Homophobia
  • Imperialism
  • Neofascism
  • Orientalism
  • Pasolini
  • Prisons
  • Salò
  • Sexual assault
  • Torture
  • Visual archives
  • Visual culture
  • White supremacy


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