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Gonçalves, Diana

9/11: Culture, Catastrophe and the Critique of Singularity

Series:Culture & Conflict 9

    89,95 € / $126.00 / £82.00*

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    October 2016
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    Aims and Scope

    Even though much has been said and written about 9/11, the work developed on this subject has mostly explored it as an unparalleled event, a turning point in history. This book wishes to look instead at how disruptive events promote a network of associations and how people resort to comparison as a means to make sense of the unknown, i.e. to comprehend what seems incomprehensible. In order to effectively discuss the complexity of 9/11, this book articulates different fields of knowledge and perspectives such as visual culture, media studies, performance studies, critical theory, memory studies and literary studies to shed some light on 9/11 and analyze how the event has impacted on American social and cultural fabric and how the American society has come to terms with such a devastating event. A more in-depth study of Don DeLillo’s Falling Man and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close draws attention to the cultural construction of catastrophe and the plethora of cultural products 9/11 has inspired. It demonstrates how the event has been integrated into American culture and exemplifies what makes up the 9/11 imaginary.


    ix, 244 pages
    Type of Publication:
    9/11; (Non-)Singularity; Catastrophe; Spectacle; Representation

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    Diana Gonçalves, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal.

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