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9/11 and the Literature of Terror$
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Martin Randall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638529

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.001.0001

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‘A Certain Blurring of the Facts’: Man on Wire and 9/11

‘A Certain Blurring of the Facts’: Man on Wire and 9/11

(p.88) Chapter 5 ‘A Certain Blurring of the Facts’: Man on Wire and 9/11
9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Martin Randall

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the use of visual imagery, which is often able to ‘deal’ with the attacks in a way that literature struggles to achieve. It studies the film Man on Wire, a film that improves upon the past 9/11 representations due to the absence of dialogue. The chapter also considers the theories surrounding the attacks as ‘spectacle’ and even as ‘art’.

Keywords:   visual imagery, Man on Wire, past 9/11 representations, absence of dialogue, theories on the attacks

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