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Authors: Jens Amschlinger, Lukas Flad, and Jessica Sautter

Title: »I saw something white being grabbed«

Subtitle: Sexuelle Gewalt in V-J Day in Times Square

Journal: Image: Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Bildwissenschaft

Volume: -

Issue: 25

Year: January 2017

Pages: 28-50

eISSN: 1614-0885 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: German

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Photographs


Link: Gesellschaft für interdisziplinäre Bildwissenschaft (Free Access)


Abstract: »The photograph V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt is a symbol of the end of the Second World War for many people. This paper tries to prove that the reception of the picture lacks a critical reflection despite cognizable indications of sexual violence. To get a better understanding of the significance and the meaning of the photograph the first step will be a recapitulation of the conditions of the origin. The following analysis takes place within the framework of the visual semiotic according to Roland Barthes and bridges to a more precise explanation of the term ›Rape Culture‹ and the meaning of it in the context of Eisenstaedt’s photograph. The following critique of the previous reception of the photograph exhorts to a critical distance to both, the photograph and the presented situation. Overall this paper will try to constitute the thesis that V-J Day in Times Square depicts an act of sexual violence within a ›Rape Culture‹.« (Source: Image)


  Abstract (p. 28)
  1. Einleitung (p. 29)
  2. Historische Hintergründe zu der Fotografie V-J Day in Times Square (p. 30)
  3. Bildanalyse (p. 34)
    3.1 Semiotische Bildanalyse und Visuelle Semiotik (p. 34)
    3.2 Visuelle Semiotik nach Barthes (p. 34)
    3.3 Analyse der Fotografie V-J Day in Times Square (p. 36)
  4. ›Rape Culture‹ (p. 38)
  5. Rezeptionskritik (p. 40)
    5.1 Popularität (p. 40)
    5.2 »Die andere Seite der Medaille« — V-J Day in Times Square als Symbol für sexuelle Gewalt und veraltete Rollenbilder (p. 42)
    5.3 Eingriff in die physische Autonomie – Prinzip der Körperlichkeit nach Butler (p. 44)
    5.4 Durch die gleiche Tat mehrmals zum Opfer werden (p. 46)
  6. Fazit (p. 47)
  Literatur (p. 48)

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