Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination

Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination

by Karen Engle
     
 

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Starting from the tremendous fascination with images of 9/11, Karen Engle asks what, in the context of a national trauma, makes an image appropriate or scandalous, exploring how diverse visual media have been mobilized in political projects of identification and personal narratives of empathy. Focusing on themes of memory, mourning, and history, Engle examines…  See more details below

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Starting from the tremendous fascination with images of 9/11, Karen Engle asks what, in the context of a national trauma, makes an image appropriate or scandalous, exploring how diverse visual media have been mobilized in political projects of identification and personal narratives of empathy. Focusing on themes of memory, mourning, and history, Engle examines sculptural, photographic, and new media responses to the 9/11 attacks in both contemporary and historical contexts, considers the public's reaction to these visual productions, and suggests that earlier presentations of America at war play a pivotal role in the representations of 9/11 in both official and popular media.

Seeing Ghosts is a groundbreaking theoretical study of how we remember, how we mourn, and how images of a particular event influence our imagination of the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773535411
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Karen Engle is assistant professor, sociology and visual culture, University of Windsor.

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