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American popular culture in the era of terror : falling skies, dark knights rising, and collapsing cultures

Author: Jesse Kavadlo
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bringing together the most popular genres of the 21st century, this book argues that Americans have entered a new era of narrative dominated by the fear--and wish fulfillment--of the breakdown of authority and terror itself. Bringing together disparate and popular genres of the 21st century, American Popular Culture in the Era of Terror: Falling Skies, Dark Knights Rising, and Collapsing Cultures argues that popular  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jesse Kavadlo
ISBN: 9781440835629 1440835624
OCLC Number: 900016292
Description: xvii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: With us and against us: Chuck Palahniuk's homegrown terror of the 1990s --
Falling towers, falling planes, and falling men: trauma as domestic drama --
War on terror: our monsters, ourselves --
We have to go back: television's Lost after 9/11 --
9/11 did not take place: apocalypse and amnesia in film and Cormac McCarthy's The Road --
Bedtime stories after the end of the world: coming of age in a future of fear --
The absurd hero: escapism, The Dark Knight trilogy, and the literature of struggle --
Conclusion: Undo: is the sky falling?
Responsibility: Jesse Kavadlo.

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