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

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Overview

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

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"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

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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.
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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

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