Projecting 9/11: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Recent Hollywood Films (Perspectives on a Multiracial America)

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Projecting 9/11 examines sensibilities and ideologies that arose after September 11, 2001, and how these intersect with issues of race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship in contemporary mainstream films. The authors argue that the social and political project that is “9/11” can be found in most cultural artifacts produced after the date, including film. In essence, Hollywood films project the 9/11 project.

The book analyzes the specific ways in which recent Hollywood films have become both powerful forces of significance and also forceful representations of reality about post-9/11 life. From films that explicitly treat subjects related to 9/11, such as United 93 and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, to films that show post-9/11 themes in less-expected ways, such as Eat, Pray, Love and World War Z, the authors explore tensions around race, gender, and sexuality. The book examines our perceptions of reality after the events of September 11, 2001, as shown by one of the more influential means of cultural representation—Hollywood films.

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Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo is professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies at Washington State University.

Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo is associate professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies at Washington State University. Together they are the authors of Animating Difference, with C. Richard King.

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Here is a sharp, smart, easy-to-read book by authors who have done their homework. A volume on the lasting effect of 9/11 on American cinema has been necessary for some time, and Bloodsworth-Lugo and Lugo-Lugo go a long way toward filling that gap. They offer penetrating discussions of such films as Neil Jordan's The Brave One (a 21st-century version of Michael Winner's Death Wish, 1974), Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian fantasy Children of Men, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War film The Hurt Locker, and other pertinent titles. Projecting 9/11 is remarkable because it is at once accessible and densely theoretical, and thus is appropriate for a broad audience. It would be an excellent resource for a class on post-9/11 American cinema—suggesting, too, that all Hollywood cinema since 9/11 has been affected by the tragedy of the Twin Towers in one way or another—and the authors have taken pains to do the necessary research to make the volume authoritative. This volume is that rare thing: a scholarly work that is also a page-turner. . . .Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. (CHOICE)

Projecting 9/11 makes the provocative argument that the cultural rationalizations of the September 11th terrorist attacks have had such a profound impact on the collective consciousness that they now constitute the primary perspective used by the majority of Americans to understand the world. This thesis is supported through a powerful analysis of the portrayal of race, sexuality, gender, and citizenship in post 9/11 popular films. All Americans should read this book. (Eric Hirsch, Providence College)

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were a generation’s “Where were you when...?” moment. While the events of that day may not feature as prominently in mainstream news cycles as they once did, this book reminds us that the tragedy and its aftermath continue to reverberate in media and other public arenas. Projecting 9/11 directs our attention to Hollywood films released since the attacks. The authors skillfully analyze a diverse collection of popular movies to reveal how they helped to reinforce and expand the ideologies and cultural sensibilities that emerged in the wake of the terrorist attacks. This is an important book that reminds us that popular culture and entertainment media play a vital role in shaping how we process and respond to the events and issues of our time. (Brian Monahan, Marywood University, author of The Shock of the News)

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