A investigadora e docente Diana Gonçalves acaba de publicar, na prestigiada editora De Gruyter, um livro que resulta da sua tese de doutoramento em Estudos de Cultura, pela Universidade Católica Portuguesa e pela Justus Liebig Universität Giessen (duplo grau) que, em 2013, recebeu o prémio “The Lisbon Consortium Thesis Publication Award”. Integrada na colecção Culture and Conflict desta editora, a obra está agora disponível.
Even though much has been said and written about 9/11, the work developed on this subject has mostly explored it as an unparalleled event, a turning point in history. This book wishes to look instead at how disruptive events promote a network of associations and how people resort to comparison as a means to make sense of the unknown, i.e. to comprehend what seems incomprehensible. In order to effectively discuss the complexity of 9/11, this book articulates different fields of knowledge and perspectives such as visual culture, media studies, performance studies, critical theory, memory studies and literary studies to shed some light on 9/11 and analyze how the event has impacted on American social and cultural fabric and how the American society has come to terms with such a devastating event. A more in-depth study of Don DeLillo’s Falling Man and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close draws attention to the cultural construction of catastrophe and the plethora of cultural products 9/11 has inspired. It demonstrates how the event has been integrated into American culture and exemplifies what makes up the 9/11 imaginary.