Michael S. Roth

 

On his book Memory, Trauma, and History: Essays on Living with the Past

Cover Interview of November 14, 2011

A close-up

I would hope that a casual reader would see the essays on hysteria and photography in the first section, and then the essays on photography and historical consciousness in the second half of the book. These link my concerns with the history of medicine with my interests in contemporary art practice. We make sense of the past in such diverse ways, and my book tries to create a context for these ways of making meaning.