Terror, Culture, Politics: Rethinking 9/11 takes a critical look at the politics of American culture in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The volume takes as axiomatic-and, therefore, as demanding careful scrutiny-the connection between culture as creative expression and culture in the broader sense of the beliefs, values, and habits that members of a society hold in common. Coming from a wide array of disciplines-art history, history, literature, media studies, law, and political science-the contributors ask not so much how 9/11 changed American culture but how our existing cultural patterns, in such separate but linked domains as the media, public art, and political thought, shaped our responses to it.
Daniel J. Sherman is Director of the Center for 21st Century Studies and Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Terry Nardin is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Contents<\> Acknowledgments Introduction Terry Nardin and Daniel J. Sherman Part 1. Image/Memory 1. "Document of Civilization and Document of Barbarism": The World Trade Center Near and Far Patricia A. Morton 2. Two Projects with Commentary: "Around Ground Zero" (Map) and "New York, September 11, 2001-Four Days Later" (Aerial Photographs) Laura Kurgan 3. Falling Persons and National Embodiment: The Reconstruction of Safe Spectatorship in the Photographic Record of 9/11 Susan Lurie 4. Captain America Sheds His Mighty Tears: Comics and September 11 Henry Jenkins 5. Trauma, Healing, and the Therapeutic Monument Kirk Savage 6. Naming and the Violence of Place Daniel J. Sherman Part 2. Ethics/Politics 7. 9/11 and the Jihad Tradition Sohail H. Hashmi 8. Women's Jihad before 9/11 miriam cooke 9. Who Defended the Country? Elaine Scarry The 9/11 Commission Report: Has It Incited a Public Debate about Our Nation's Defense? Elaine Scarry 10. Rethinking Crisis Government William E. Scheuerman 11. Human Rights and the Use of Force after September 11th, 2001 Stephen J. Toope Contributors Index