The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, And Economy In America From The Kennedy…

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byNed O'gorman

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Bloody, fiery spectacles—the Challenger disaster, 9/11, JFK’s assassination—have given us moments of catastrophe that make it easy to answer the “where were you when” question and shape our ways of seeing what came before and after. Why are these spectacles so packed with meaning?

In The Iconoclastic Imagination, Ned O’Gorman approaches each of these moments as an image of icon-destruction that give us distinct ways to imagine social existence in American life. He argues that the Cold War gave rise to crises in political, aesthetic, and political-aesthetic representations. Locating all of these crises within a “neoliberal imaginary,” O’Gorman explains that since the Kennedy assassination, the most powerful way to see “America” has been in the destruction of representative American symbols or icons. This, in turn, has profound implications for a neoliberal economy, social philosophy, and public policy. Richly interwoven with philosophical, theological, and rhetorical traditions, the book offers a new foundation for a complex and innovative approach to studying Cold War America, political theory, and visual culture.

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Bloody, fiery spectacles—the Challenger disaster, 9/11, JFK’s assassination—have given us moments of catastrophe that make it easy to answer the “where were you when” question and shape our ways of seeing what came before and after. Why are these spectacles so packed with meaning? In The Iconoclastic Imagination, Ned O’Gorman approache...

Ned O’Gorman is associate professor of communication and a Conrad Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226310237

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Part I: Image

1: The Neoliberal Legitimation Crisis
2: The Iconoclastic Sublime

Part II: Catastrophe

3: Zapruder
4: Challenger
5: 9/11

Part III: Economy

6: America’s New Look
7: (Neo)Liberal Genealogies

Conclusion
Postscript and Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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“O’Gorman offers a vital new reading of the ‘where were you when’ image-event in the era of neoliberal structural adjustment. Showing both the formation and limits of an American political culture increasingly reliant on the image to articulate the very terms of violence, The Iconoclastic Imagination is a provocative and timely intervention.”