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The terror dream : fear and fantasy in post-9/11 America

Author: Susan Faludi
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this original examination of America's post-9/11 culture, journalist Faludi shines a light on the country's psychological response to the attacks of that terrible day. Turning her observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, Faludi unearths a barely acknowledged societal drama shot through with baffling contradictions. Why, she asks, did our culture respond to an assault against  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Faludi
ISBN: 9780805086928 0805086927
OCLC Number: 122309160
Awards: Commended for National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism) 2007
Description: xii, 351 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: I: Ontogeny --
We're at war, sweetheart --
The return of Superman --
The cowboys of yesterday --
Perfect virgins of grief --
Nesting nation --
President of the wild frontier --
Precious Little Jessi --
II: Phylogeny --
Original shame --
Heed the mothers --
Here is our father! Now we are safe! --
Touch me not --
Epilogue: What if?
Responsibility: Susan Faludi.
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In this original examination of America's post-9/11 culture, journalist Faludi shines a light on the country's psychological response to the attacks of that terrible day. Turning her observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, Faludi unearths a barely acknowledged societal drama shot through with baffling contradictions. Why, she asks, did our culture respond to an assault against American global dominance with a frenzied summons to restore "traditional" manhood, marriage, and maternity? Why did we react as if the hijackers had targeted not a commercial and military edifice but the family home and nursery? The answer, she finds, lies in a historical anomaly unique to the American experience: the nation was forged in traumatizing assaults by nonwhite "barbarians" on town and village. That humiliation lies concealed under a myth of cowboy bluster and feminine frailty, which is reanimated whenever threat and shame looms.--From publisher description.

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