This thesis studies significant literary and visual-media responses to the flooding of New Orleans after the passage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At one level, it discusses how representations of New Orleans in âKatrina cultureâ either radically refashion or embody alternatives to historical paradigms of New Orleans exceptionalism, of New Orleans as a sui generis enclave. More than that, it argues that practices of ârepresenting the cityâ illuminate and participate in Katrina cultureâs overarching project, as theorized here, of ârecovering the victimâ: reinvesting Katrina victims with the voice, dignity, and agency they were denied in mass popular and media responses to Katrina. The thesis analyses textsâ representational and recovery practices, both separately and in terms of how they interrelate, across narrative non-fictional Katrina culture (section 1) and original creative Katrina culture (section 2). Within narrative non-fictional Katrina culture, Section 1 identifies two âDorianâ and âLocrianâ sets of practices, each comprising a âmodeâ of representation and a âmannerâ of recovery. Within original creative Katrina culture, Section 2 identifies four âordinaryâ, âmicrocosmicâ, âglobalistâ, and âneoclassicalâ sets of practices, each comprising a âschoolâ of representation and a âmannerâ of recovery. Navigating widely yet always relative to a conceptual lodestar of New Orleans exceptionalism, the thesis works not only to extensively map out practices of representing the city in Katrina culture, but also to establish recovering the victim as the fundamental impulse, and de facto governing project, of the cultural response to Hurricane Katrina.