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Contexto Internacional

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RESENDE, Erica Simone Almeida. Aporia and trauma in the crisis of meanings of 9/11. Contexto int. [online]. 2010, vol.32, n.1, pp. 205-238. ISSN 0102-8529.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-85292010000100007.

Employing concepts and theories that relate meanings, representations, memory and trauma, we attempt to show how the 9/11 events have been able to disstabilize representations and meanings, break the line of History, subvert senses, bend space-time perceptions, and shake the grids of intelligibility that had allowed Americans to make sense of reality and of themselves. Our aim is to understand how mute and hiperreal representations of the events of 2001 provoked a situation where language failed, producing a moment of aporia. We will then argue that 11/9, due the difficulty of its signification, sits at the heart of a trauma in the American collective imaginaries.

Keywords : United States; 9/11; Representations; Signification; Trauma.

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