Cultures of the War on Terror: Empire, Ideology, and the Remaking of 9/11

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $6.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 73%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $6.00   
  • New (3) from $16.67   
  • Used (8) from $6.00   


In an interdisciplinary study of representations of 9/11 and the "war on terror" during the Bush era, David Holloway shows that culture often functioned as a vital resource for citizens attempting to make sense of momentous historical events that seemed well beyond their influence or control.

Holloway discusses representations of 9/11 and the war on terror in Hollywood film, novels, mass media, visual art and photography, political discourse, and revisionist historical accounts of the American "empire" created between the 11 September attacks and the Congressional midterm elections in 2006. He suggests that the culture of the period not only prompted international crises in security, governance, and law but also points to a "crisis" unfolding in the institutions and processes of US republican democracy.

Cultures of the War on Terror offers a cultural and ideological history of the period, showing how culture was used to debate, legitimize, qualify, contest, or repress discussion about the broader meanings of 9/11 and the war on terror.

About the Author:
David Holloway, senior lecturer in American studies, University of Derby, is author of The Late Modernism of Cormac McCarthy, and co-editor of American Visual Cultures

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An excellent cultural history of our epoch, full of original insight and interpretation." Douglas Kellner, author of Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy

"Overall, this is a worthwhile interdisciplinary attempt to shed light on a complex, controversial topic that is still very much in flux." American Studies

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773534841
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Holloway, senior lecturer in American studies, University of Derby, is author of The Late Modernism of Cormac McCarthy, and co-editor of American Visual Cultures.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction 1

1 History 7

2 Politics 31

3 Mass Media 58

4 Cinema 81

5 Literature 107

6 Photography and Visual Art 129

Conclusion 154

Appendix A Timeline 159

Appendix B Synoptic biographies 167

Annotated bibliography of further reading and texts cited 172

Index 188

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)