New Reading Group: “Deploying Terror: Cultural Studies of 9/11 and the War on Terror”

“It’s a total mystery where people get flags this big or how they got them up there,” David Foster Wallace (two days after 9/11).

This reading group explores the post-9/11 world through the cultural impact of September 11th and its “artifacts” (television, film, music, journalism, memoir, comics, photography, literature, technology, art, etc.). It seeks to identify and assess the range of developing discourses around that event from the politics of masculinity to the poetics of trauma. A focus on popular and visual culture will enable us to revisit the immediate aftermath of that day and conceptualize the public sphere as a stage for the performance, reflection, and deployment of terror.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, but especially those interested in popular culture, philosophy, gender and sexuality studies, race, visual culture, history, literature, urban studies, and foreign policy. Meeting time TBD based on the group’s availability.

Deadline: SATURDAY 9/29 by 9pm

TO APPLY: Email a substantive paragraph listing your major, describing your interest in the reading group, and what you hope to gain from it.

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Sponsored by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities


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