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Introduction: Eyewitnesses, Conspiracies and Baudrillard

Martin Randall

in 9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651825 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.003.0001
Introduction: Eyewitnesses, Conspiracies and Baudrillard

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This introductory chapter discusses the impact of the events of 9/11 on the present day. It identifies the various responses to terrorist attacks, which include eyewitness reports that gave commentators empirical evidence to start creating what was happening at the time and then in the aftermath. It then looks at the appearance of 9/11 in literature, which combined authoritative documentation and accessible — and at times exciting — prose, in written format as well as in cinema. It examines the emergent ‘Literature of Terror’, which is the massive spread of counter conspiracy theories that have developed, especially on the Internet. It also considers how such conspiracies shed more light on the internal problems of ‘fictionalising’ the attacks. Finally, the chapter studies the cultural significance of the Internet, which has rapidly grown over the years, and Jean Baudrillard's views on 9/11.

Keywords: 9/11; responses; terrorist attacks; eyewitness reports; Literature of Terror; counter conspiracy theories; Internet; cultural significance; Jean Baudrillard

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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