The Conclusion describes 9/11 and the war on terror as a multiplicity of semi-autonomous contexts and conflicts underpinned by a narrative of American empire. It describes the post-9/11 period as one in which previously marginal or tabooed accounts of empire, foreign policy and the nature of American civilization, moved into the mainstream of American life. The chapter offers a detailed consideration of the portmanteau movie, 11′09″01, made by 11 international directors, which illustrates and exemplifies these trends in cultural form, and which is contrasted with the forms of ‘allegory lite’ propounded by Hollywood in the early years of the war on terror.
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