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American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11$
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Terence McSweeney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474413817

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413817.001.0001

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American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11

American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11

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(p.1) Introduction American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11
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American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11
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Terence McSweeney

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413817.003.0001

The conflict which came to be known as the ‘War on Terror’, instigated by the administration of President George W. Bush in 2001 and continued by his successor Barack Obama, was the first war of the twenty-first century and an event of profoundly global reach and implication. While the majority of its military operations were undertaken in Afghanistan (2001–14) and Iraq (2002–11), this volume turns its attention to another vitally important front of the war, the films produced by the American film industry in the first decades of the new millennium. Now, more than fifteen years after the events of 11 September 2001, it is clear to see that these films not only function as a uniquely telling and resonant cultural battleground in which conflicting ideologies were projected for all to see, but were also able to shape the cultural imaginary of post-9/11 America in a range of compelling ways. While the ‘War on Terror’ was officially brought to an end by President Obama in 2013, it is one that is still fought in the films about the conflict which continue to be made today....

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