I am reading through these fabulous essays in this cluster--on the legacies of 9/11 in literary studies and literature--that @jshelat1 edited, and this is incredible, smart work that we should all be reading. #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
Love the eloquent introduction by @jshelat1 on the historical break represented by 9/11 ("the bloody-fingered dawn of a new age") and on the narratives we've told about that break.

post45.org/2021/09/introd…
I love Bassam Sidiki/@_super_bass's smart piece, which asks why so little work on disability has engaged the victims of imperialism in the wake of 9/11 or how imperialism depicts terrorists as disabled & in need of rehabilitation.

post45.org/2021/09/saturd…
Sidiki reads Ian McEwan's Saturday alongside Ahmed Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad, suggesting that the "witnessing" of McEwan's novel falls short.

"It is in the body's disability or debility, and not in its rehabilitation, that the real witnessing takes place."
(Btw, Frankenstein in Baghdad is a great book, and you should all read it)
I am still reading the essays, but I wanted to shout out @jshelat1's closing piece, on the whiteness of academic studies of 9/11 literature. He surveys 7 major academic studies & notes that 88.2% of the authors they discuss are white.

post45.org/2021/09/patter…
As he says, "white authors continue to overshadow conversations about historically and culturally resonant moments that largely occur in nations populated by Brown people. The books overwhelmingly privilege white writers to determine what the attacks mean."
He ends with a GREAT list of literature by writers of color on 9/11, a list that he includes in order to "begin mapping the future of 9/11 literary studies."

If he and the rest of the writers in this cluster are part of that future, it looks bright indeed.

Go read these essays!

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(Slight spoilers about birds)

First, he was fascinated by the opening scene, I think bc of the barnyard animals, especially the goose. 1/6 Image
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Let me explain why I think it's an enema.

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Sadly, I don't have a more high-resolution image of the page, so excuse these two images.

Note that the monkey has two implements: something like a brown turkey-baster and a little black vessel of some sort. There seems to be a cord or tube connecting them. ImageImage
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🧵: Let me show you Jacqueline de Weever's pioneering 1994 study on how modern translators of medieval texts often reinforce ideas that Blackness cannot be beautiful, & how they claim, in their translations, that blackness is a "stain".
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Modern translators refuse to translate "noire" as "black" when applied to a beautiful woman.
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To their left, two more men hang onto a third man in red. One man in green holds him by the arm, another in blue rests his hand on the man's thigh.
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Here are some thoughts on them.

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I'm seemingly back. Fingers crossed. Thank goodness the talk is being recorded.

They are introducing Dr. MRO right now.
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