Embodying terror: reading terrorism with Luce Irigaray

Sage, Liz (2015) Embodying terror: reading terrorism with Luce Irigaray. In: Irigaray, Luce and Marder, Michael (eds.) Building a new world: Luce Irigaray: teaching II. Palgrave studies in postmetaphysical thought . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 222-236. ISBN 9781137453013

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Abstract

In the wake of the attacks on the USA on 11 September 2001, two seemingly disparate ideas gained popular and academic currency. On the one hand, the growing cultural anxiety about the power of the image finally seemed to have been justified, as the unprecedented scale of the attacks, combined with their unprecedented coverage, left a global audience with the impression that the purpose of the attacks was precisely the production of such spectacular images. Jean Baudrillard was not alone when he argued in The Spirit of Terrorism that the collapse of the World Trade Center did not herald ‘a resurgence of the real, and of the violence of the real, in an allegedly virtual universe’, but instead demonstrated that ‘the spectacle of terrorism forces the terrorism of spectacle upon us’ (pp. 28, 30). For Baudrillard, Žižek and others, ‘it is not that reality entered our image: the image entered and shattered our reality’ (Slavoj Žižek, Welcome to the Desert of the Real, p. 16). According to these thinkers and many others, the horrific images produced on that day ushered in the totalitarianism of the image, and the death of reality: ‘for reality is a principle, and it is this principle that is lost’ as the image becomes that which shapes reality, rather than records or represents reality (Baudrillard, The Spirit of Terrorism, p. 28).

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: terrorism; Irigaray; feminism; literature; counter-terrorism; DeLillo; McEwan; 9/11
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English > PE1001 Modern English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR0057 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR6100 2001-
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0360 Prose
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0700 Individual authors
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0700 Individual authors > PS3600 2001-
Depositing User: Liz Sage
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 08:39
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 08:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43033
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