Cleansing the Superdome: The Paradox of Purity and Post-Katrina Guilt

  title={Cleansing the Superdome: The Paradox of Purity and Post-Katrina Guilt},
  author={Daniel A. Grano and Kenneth S. Zagacki},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Speech},
  pages={201 - 223}
The reopening of the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina on Monday Night Football dramatized problematic rhetorical, visual, and spatial norms of purification rituals bound up in what Burke calls the paradox of purity. Hurricane Katrina was significant as a visually traumatic event in large part because it signified the ghetto as a rarely discussed remainder of American structural racism and pressed the filthiest visual and territorial residues of marginalized poverty into the… 
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