The War on Terror and American Popular Culture: September 11 by Andrew Schopp, Matthew B. Hill

By Andrew Schopp, Matthew B. Hill

"The warfare on Terror and American pop culture" is a set of unique essays through lecturers and researchers from worldwide that examines the complicated interrelation among the Bush administration's 'War on Terror' and American pop culture. Written via specialists within the fields of literature, movie, and cultural reviews, this booklet examines intimately how pop culture displays issues and anxieties concerning the September eleven assaults and the battle these assaults generated, the way it interrogates the person and collective affects that struggle has wrought, the way it may well problem or critique present coverage, and the way it could actually strengthen or propose the warfare and its socio political paradigms.

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Toh, 168. 65. , 178. 66. , 181–82. 67. Sciurba, 189. 17132$ INTR 04-08-09 15:39:31 PS PAGE 40 41 INTRODUCTION: THE CURIOUS KNOT 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. , 199. , 201. Didion, 11. Zwagerman, 212. , 218. Williams, 222. , 222. , 235. Muntean and Payne, 239. , 240. , 254. , 255. Schopp, 260. , 262. , 280. Bibliography Baudrillard, Jean. The Spirit of Terrorism and Other Essays. London: Verso, 2002. Bernstein, Richard J. The Abuse of Evil: The Corruption of Politics and Religion Since 9/11.

42. Zˇizˇek, 33. 43. , 35. 44. , 47. 45. Sontag, 7, 22, 41, 89. 46. Muller, 47. 47. Sontag, 105. 48. Muller, 60. 49. Schack, 65–66. 50. Didion, of course, also suggests that September 11 merely revived many of these notions. The passage indicated in footnote 10 comes from a section in which she explains that at least one of these fixed ideas can be traced back to the Reagan era. 51. Schack, 81. 52. McAvan, 91. 53. Ibid, 99. 54. , 99–100. 55. Though Sontag’s focus in Regarding the Pain of Others is on the power of the image, she emphasizes throughout that narrative has its own power, and she notes that the meaning of the image ultimately depends on interpretation, and thus on words.

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey uses its titular boat as a metonymic stand-in for the actions of first-responders to the World Trade Center site, celebrating abstract notions of dedication and determination to their jobs. Jeanette Winter’s September Roses, according to Sciurba, ‘‘exhibits a more subtle form of heroism, in the shape of kind acts performed for strangers,’’68 that reinforces the mediated and media-inspired notions of national solidarity and unity that were so prevalent after the attacks.

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