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9/11 Culture

ISBN: 978-1-4443-5815-5
200 pages
September 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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9/11 Culture serves as a timely and accessible introduction to the complexities of American culture in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Gives balanced examinations of a broad catalogue of artifacts from film, music, photography, literary fiction, and other popular arts
  • Investigates the 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
  • Includes pedagogical material to assist understanding and teaching, including film and discographies, and a useful teachers' preface
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Table of Contents

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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Author Information

Jeffrey Melnick is Associate Professor of American Studies at Babson College. He is author of two books on Black-Jewish relations: A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song (1999) and Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in the New South (2000). Melnick is an active public speaker has appeared many times on local and national radio and television.
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“His remains an invaluable achievement, for its nuanced attention to such a broad range of materials, for its overall clarity of focus and for its welcome readability. “ (M/C Reviews, May 2010)

“The book can serve as an excellent primary text assigned to students taken courses related to the same field.” ( Southwest Journal of Cultures, 2009)


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