American Culture Transformed: Dialing 9/11

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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 ...

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137002334
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface Heroes, Hype, and History Spinning and Counter-Spinning Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England Corporate Complications Sometimes Paranoia is Just Common Sense: Leaving Behind Da Vinci A Movie and a Funeral: Michael Moore and Ronald Reagan circa 2004
Conclusion: Fast Forward List of Works Cited Index

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