American Culture Transformed: Dialing 9/11

American Culture Transformed: Dialing 9/11

by Bruce Tucker, Priscilla Walton
     
 

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The bombing of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, marked a major turning point in modern American culture. Priscilla Walton and Bruce Tucker examine critical moments in the aftermath of 9/11 – the Enron scandal, the trial of Martha Stewart, the capture and rescue of Jessica Lynch, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison, the widespread

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The bombing of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, marked a major turning point in modern American culture. Priscilla Walton and Bruce Tucker examine critical moments in the aftermath of 9/11 – the Enron scandal, the trial of Martha Stewart, the capture and rescue of Jessica Lynch, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison, the widespread popularity of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Tim LeHaye's "Left Behind" series, Michael Moore's movie Fahrenheit 9/11, and former president Ronald Reagan's funeral. The authors argue that commentators on the American scene abandoned complexity, seeking to reduce events to their simplest signification. They ask how the singularity of meaning came to dominate American cultural consciousness, and they seek to theorize the critical cultural and political movements of the post 9/11 period.

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'American Culture Transformed offers an interesting sampling of the cultural landscape in America after 9/11. The authors provide compelling snapshots of iconic moments and figures from the military, economics, the arts, and politics. The book will stir memories and make us uncomfortable again.'

- Mary Poovey, New York University, USA

'With its clear methodology and its sweeping approach, Dialing 9/11 is an accessible and overall convincing approach to that recent decade.' -Transatlantica

'Published just months after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Priscilla L. Walton and Bruce Tucker's American Culture Transformed, by pertaining to both media and gender studies, strives to contribute a complementary and original point of view to the debates about the post-9/11 years...it is highly documented, accessible, and is pleasant to read for scholars or non-scholars interested in various aspects of American contemporary culture.' - Vincent Souladié, Media and Diversity, 2014

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137002334
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE TUCKER is a professor of History at the University of Windsor, Canada. He is co-author with Zane L. Miller of Changing Plans for America's Inner Cities (1998) and co-editor with Philip J. Obermiller and Thomas E. Wagner of Appalachian Odyssey (2000). He is currently studying the Revolutionary tradition in modern American political culture.

PRISCILLA L. WALTON is a professor of English at Carleton University, Canada, and editor of the Canadian Review of American Studies. She has published numerous books and articles in Canada and the United States. Her multi-authored book Biotechnological Imaginings is forthcoming.

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