The City Since 9/11: Literature, Film, Television by Keith WilhiteThe City Since 9/11: Literature, Film, Television by Keith Wilhite

The City Since 9/11: Literature, Film, Television

EditorKeith WilhiteContribution byEduardo Barros Grela, Jason Buchanan

Hardcover | March 3, 2016

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Charting the intersection of aesthetic representation and the material conditions of urban space, The City Since 9/11 posits that the contemporary metropolis provides a significant context for reassessing theoretical concerns related to narrative, identity, home, and personal precarity. In the years since the September 11 attacks, writers and filmmakers have explored urban spaces as contested sites-shaped by the prevailing discourses of neoliberalism, homeland security, and the war on terror, but also haunted by an absence in the landscape that registers loss and prefigures future menace. In works of literature, film, and television, the city emerges as a paradoxical space of permanence and vulnerability and a convergence point for anxieties about globalization, structural inequality, and apocalyptic violence.Building on previous scholarship addressing trauma and the spectacle of terror, the contributors also draw upon works of philosophy, urban studies, and postmodern geography to theorize how literary and visual representations expose the persistent conflicts that arise as cities rebuild in the shadow of past ruins. Their essays advance new lines of argument that clarify art's role in contemporary debates about spatial practices, gentrification, cosmopolitanism, memory and history, nostalgia, the uncanny and the abject, postmodern virtuality, the politics of realism, and the economic and social life of cities. The book offers fresh readings of familiar post-9/11 novels, such as Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, but it also considers works by Teju Cole, Joseph O'Neill, Silver Krieger, Colum McCann, Ronald Sukenick, Jonathan Lethem, Thomas Pynchon, Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, William Gibson, Amitav Ghosh, and Katherine Boo. In addition, The City Since 9/11 includes essays on the films Children of Men, Hugo, and the adaptation of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, chapters on the television series The Bridge, The Killing, and The Wire, and an analysis of Michael Arad's Reflecting Absence and the 9/11 Memorial.
Keith Wilhite is associate professor of English at Siena College.
Title:The City Since 9/11: Literature, Film, TelevisionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.43 × 6.21 × 1.05 inPublished:March 3, 2016Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1611477182

ISBN - 13:9781611477184


Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgements Introduction: The City since 9/11 Keith WilhiteI. Remapping the City: Gentrification, the Usable Past, and the Postmodern Metropolis1. Navigating the Post-9/11 Metropolis: Reclaiming and Remapping Urban Space in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Joseph O'Neill's Netherland Karolina Golimowska 2. Million Dollar Views: Cognitive Gentrification in Post-9/11 New York City Jason Buchanan3. New York Unearthed: 9/11, Let the Great World Spin, and the Archaeology of Grief Caroline Chamberlin Hellman4. Rhetoric and Aesthetics of the Ephemeral in Ronald Sukenick's Last Fall Salwa Karoui-Elounelli5. The Reality of Fiction in a Virtually Postmodern Metropolis: Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City and Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge Justin St. ClairII. The Metropolis Unmoored: Uncanny Worlds and Global Cities6. Zombies, the Uncanny, and the City: Colson Whitehead's Zone One Tim Gauthier7. The Spectral City: Paul Auster's Man in the Dark and Other Imagined Cities Eduardo Barros-Grela 8. Global Homesickness in William Gibson's Blue Ant Trilogy Sean Scanlan9. Before After: Amitav Ghosh's Pre-1856 Cosmopolis as Post-9/11 Lost Object Hilary Thompson10. Shifting the City's Center within Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers Ghazala HashmiIII. Framing the City: Abjection, Realism, and the Restorative Power of Cinema 11. Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men: Piling Up Traumatic Spectacles of Terror in a Post-9/11 World Jenny Kijowski12. Abject Spaces in The Bridge and The Killing: The Post-9/11 City of Nordic Noir Fran Pheasant-Kelly13. Gritty Urban Realism as Ideology: The Wire and the Televisual Representation of the "Inner City" Steve Macek14. Early Cinema and the Post-9/11 City: Hugo and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Michael DevineConclusion: Ruins and Memorials Catalina Florina FlorescuIndexAbout the Contributors