Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination

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MQUP, 2009 - Art - 183 pages
On September 11 more people clicked "on documentary news photographs than on pornography for the first (and only) time in the history of the Internet," reports writer David Levi Strauss. The archive of images associated with the tragic events of 9/11 merits careful analysis. Artist Damien Hirst has suggested that the attacks were designed to be viewed - "The thing about 9/11 is that it's kind of an artwork in its own right. It was wicked, but it was devised in this way for this kind of impact. It was devised visually."

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Karen Engle is quickly becoming one of the most brilliant scholars of our time. From her beautiful literary style, to her profound philosophical insights, she is expected to continue making waves in cultural studies for years to come. Her writing on 9/11 is highly recommended.

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Karen Engle is simply amazing and her theoretical work is grandbreaking. In a very short time she has gained the attention of many scholars of cultural studies. This book breaks from the typical perspectives on 9/11 and provides a fresh viewpoint that is dynamic and theoretically complex. Her future publications are much anticipated.  

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About the author (2009)

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

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