9/11, Image Control, and the Graphic Narrative: Spiegelman, Rehr, Torres
Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Taylor & Francis
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This essay examines three graphic narratives – Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers, Rehr’s Tribeca Sunset, and Torres’s American Widow – as individual responses to the events of September 11, and, more importantly, to the dominant reconstructions that emerged in the ensuing months. The depersonalization of the event – inevitable in the (re)presentation of a limited set of images – is countered by those presented in the graphic narrative. These authors re-appropriate sometimes iconic images to speak of their own experiences of 9/11 and its aftermath. In the interplay of images and text (and the blank spaces between) meanings multiply.
Graphic narratives; Representations of trauma; Testimony; Image and text; Counter-narratives
Postcolonialism in literature; Comparative literature
Comparative Literature | Political History
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9/11, Image Control, and the Graphic Narrative: Spiegelman, Rehr, Torres.
Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 46(3-4),
Taylor & Francis.