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9/11 Culture

  • ID: 2248832
  • Book
  • July 2009
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
9/11 Culture serves as a useful introduction to the complexities of American culture in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. With a broad purview that includes film, music, literary fiction and other popular arts, the volume is designed for anyone interested in quietly probing how American cultural agents and audiences have acted out and worked through the national trauma of 9/11. Written in an accessible language, and unburdened by academic jargon,
9/11 Culture constructs a number of common–sense approaches for the study of all of the works of art high, low, and in–between.

Offering balanced examinations of a catalogue of artifacts culled from high (and low) culture––film, music, photos, memorials, comic strips, fiction, telethons, poetry––Melnick probes the silly as well as the superseding ways that 9/11 has exerted a shaping force on a wide range of practices, from the politics of femininity to the poetics of redemption. The ample pedagogical material––film– and discographies, introduction, and teachers preface––accompanying 9/11 Culture suggest to users the many ways one might begin tracking the cultural resonances of 9/11.

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Acknowledgments vi

Introduction: 9/11 Questions (and Answers) 1

1 Rumors 25

2 Telethon 50

3 Snapshots 64

4 Rising 78

5 Us 94

6 Tools 122

7 Shout–Outs 141

Bibliography 160

Appendix 1: 9/11 in Film and on Television 169

Appendix 2: 9/11 Music 172

A Note to Teachers 177

Index 180

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Jeffrey Melnick
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