On April 16, 2007, a Virginia Tech student killed 32 of his classmates and professors and then turned the gun on himself. The media focused their power and our attention on the campus, the students and faculty of Virginia Tech, and the gunman and his victims. But we have yet to understand fully what happened in Blacksburg. There is a Gunman on Campus brings our thoughts back to the shocking campus shootings and the public reactions to the event, shining needed light on what occurred at the university, how American society reacted, and how it all fits into contemporary culture.
Ben Agger (1952-2015) was professor of sociology and humanities at University of Texas, Arlington. Timothy W. Luke is professor of political science at Virginia Tech.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1: April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech-To: Multiple Recipients: "A Gunman Is Loose on Campus..." Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Media Spectacle and the "Massacre at Virginia Tech" Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Mediated Ritual on Academic Ground Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Profiling School Shooters and Shooters' Schools: The Cultural Contexts of Aggrieved Entitlement and Restorative Masculinity Chapter 6 Chapter 5: "Victims Sought in Next Week's Shooting" Chapter 7 Chapter 6: "We Are All Seung-Hui Cho!": American Social Psychosis and the Virginia Tech Killings Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Satire, Guns, and Humans: Lessons from the Nacirema Chapter 9 Chapter 8: S/he's Lost Control?: Damaging a Body of Knowledge Chapter 10 Chapter 9: When Rhetoric Fails: The Heroic Teacher and the Basic Communications Course Chapter 11 Chapter 10: There Is an Unknown on Campus: From Normative to Performative Violence in Academia Chapter 12 Chapter 11: The April 16 Archive: Collecting and Preserving Memories of the Virginia Tech Tragedy Chapter 13 Chapter 12: Colonization and Massacres: Virginia Tech, Jamestown, Korea, and Iraq Chapter 14 Chapter 13: All The Rage: Digital Bodies and Deadly Play in the Age of the Suicide Bomber Chapter 15 Chapter 14: Is Virginia Tech an Exception? Chapter 16 Chapter 15: Baudrillard (1929-2007) & Mao: A History of Normal Violence Chapter 17 Chapter 16: Cho, Not Che?: Positioning Blacksburg in the Political