After the Storm: The Cultural Politics of Hurricane Katrina by Simon Dickel and Kindinger

By Simon Dickel and Kindinger

»After the typhoon« strains the cultural and political responses to storm Katrina. instantly after Katrina, and through the previous 9 years, its devastating results for the golfing quarter, New Orleans, and the yankee country were negotiated in more and more cultural productions – between them Spike Lee's documentary movie »When the Levees Broke«, David Simon and Eric Overmyer's television sequence »Treme«, or Natasha Trethewey's poetry assortment »Beyond Katrina«. This publication presents interdisciplinary views on those and different negotiations of storm Katrina and places precise emphasis at the intersections of the kinds race and class.

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2006: 288). R ECYCLING AND S URVIVING IN B EASTS OF THE S OUTHERN W ILD | 55 politics or ecological philosophy. This interest might be best symbolized by Slavoj Žižek, who (like Stevens’s speaker) places himself literally next to a garbage dump when being filmed for the documentary Examined Life, telling the audience in his interview segment to embrace our trash if we want a “real political ecology” (cf. Taylor 2008). So are we just dealing with a new academic topic or is there more to the scholar on the dump?

A New Introduction to Poverty: The D OCUMENTING S TORIES OF R ECONSTRUCTION | 39 Role of Race, Power, and Politics, New York: New York University Press, pp. 1-12. Letort, Delphine (2015): The Spike Lee Brand: Study of Documentary Filmmaking, New York: SUNY Press. Nichols, Bill ([2001] 2010): Introduction to Documentary, Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Pattillo-McCoy, Mary (1999): Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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