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September 11, 2001 as a Cultural Trauma

A Case Study through Popular Culture

Authors: Muller, Christine

  • Analyzes multiple popular culture forms in context with one another to illustrate how diverse media create a wider manifestation of cultural trauma over time
  • Evidences how popular culture serves as a site for regarding and negotiating September 11 as a cultural trauma while suggesting how cultural trauma might be recognized and negotiated at other times of stark cultural change
  • Distinguishes cultural trauma as an intersubjective phenomenon from psychological trauma and its individualized emphasis
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This book investigates the September 11, 2001 attacks as a case study of cultural trauma, as well as how the use of widely-distributed, easily-accessible forms of popular culture can similarly focalize evaluation of other moments of acute and profoundly troubling historical change. The attacks confounded the traditionally dominant narrative of the American Dream, which has persistently and pervasively featured optimism and belief in a just world that affirms and rewards self-determination. This shattering of a worldview fundamental to mainstream experience and cultural understanding in the United States has manifested as a cultural trauma throughout popular culture in the first decade of the twenty-first century.  Popular press oral histories, literary fiction, television, and film are among the multiple, ubiquitous sites evidencing preoccupations with existential crisis, vulnerability, and moral ambivalence, with fate, no-win scenarios, and anti-heroes now pervading commonly-told and readily-accessible stories.  Christine Muller examines how popular culture affords sites for culturally-traumatic events to manifest and how readers, viewers, and other audiences negotiate their fallout.

About the authors

Christine Muller is Dean of Saybrook College and Lecturer in American Studies at Yale University, USA.  Her research focuses on popular culture in the first decades of the twenty-first century, particularly through the lens of post-September 11 cultural trauma in the era of the War on Terror.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: September 11, 2001, Cultural Trauma, and Popular Culture

    Muller, Christine

    Pages 1-32

  • Popular Press Oral Histories of September 11

    Muller, Christine

    Pages 33-59

  • Limning the “Howling Space” of September 11 Through Don DeLillo’s Falling Man

    Muller, Christine

    Pages 61-93

  • The Crisis Fetish in Post-September 11 American Television

    Muller, Christine

    Pages 95-121

  • “Nothing to Do with All Your Strength”: Power, Choice, and September 11 in The Dark Knight

    Muller, Christine

    Pages 123-154

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50155-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50154-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
September 11, 2001 as a Cultural Trauma
Book Subtitle
A Case Study through Popular Culture
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50155-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50155-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50154-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 220
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