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Falling Man – Icons and Myths of 9/11

Falling Man – Icons and Myths of 9/11

The mostly visual media coverage on 9/11 has created some single images that have become very productively iconic. The dissertation project aims at analysing how literary and visual production incorporates and reconceptualises these icons of media, the “falling man”, the pictorial composition of planes and buildings and the image of twin towers, as visual strategies. The iconic quality of the attacks creates not only a singular pictorial world but also establishes a founding myth for narratives that follow in the aftermath of the events. The project endeavours to delineate how the amalgamation with mythological allusions allows authors and readers to annex the icons of September 11 into their canon of well-known images and how the reversion of mythological tropes that have been triggered by the catastrophe in post 9/11 literature, movies and television series, but also in graphic novels and poetry invites a literary reacquisition, reinscription and reconstruction of Ground Zero.