‘A Certain Blurring of the Facts’: Man on Wire and 9/11

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:
‘A Certain Blurring of the Facts’: Man on Wire and 9/11

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This chapter discusses the use of visual imagery, which is often able to ‘deal’ with the attacks in a way that literature struggles to achieve. It studies the film Man on Wire, a film that improves upon the past 9/11 representations due to the absence of dialogue. The chapter also considers the theories surrounding the attacks as ‘spectacle’ and even as ‘art’.

Keywords: visual imagery; Man on Wire; past 9/11 representations; absence of dialogue; theories on the attacks

Chapter.  4426 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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