Falling through the meshwork: images of falling through 9/11 and beyond

Justice, Rebecca Claire (2017). Falling through the meshwork: images of falling through 9/11 and beyond. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis considers images of the falling body after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, starting with Associated Press photographer Richard Drew’s photograph of a person falling to their death from the north tower of the World Trade Center. From this specific photograph, this thesis follows various intersecting lines in what I am calling a meshwork of falling-body images. Consequently, each chapter encounters a wide range of examples of falling: from literature to films, personal websites to digital content, and immersive technologies to artworks. Rather than connecting these instances like nodes, this thesis is more concerned with exploring lines of relation and the way the image moves along these lines. This thesis will argue that the falling-body image offers an alternative topology of the attacks: as enmeshed in the unfolding lines of life of web users, artists, directors and writers alike. In this way, this thesis outlines the ways we have lived with the image of falling, and the event itself, and how we continue to experience its unfolding consequences.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of English, Drama, American & Canadian Studies, American and Canadian Studies Centre
Funders: Other
Other Funders: The University of Birmingham
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
T Technology > TR Photography
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7339


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