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American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11

Terence McSweeney


American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11 is a ground-breaking collection of essays by some of the foremost scholars writing in the field of contemporary American film. Through a dynamic critical analysis of the defining films of the turbulent post-9/11 decade, the volume explores and interrogates the impact of 9/11 and the 'War on Terror' on American cinema and culture. In a vibrant discussion of films like American Sniper (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Spectre (2015), The Hateful Eight (2015), Lincoln (2012), The Mist (2007), Children of Men (2006), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Avengers: Age of ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, American cinema, 9/11, Film, Media, George W. Bush, Iraq War, War on Terror, Science Fiction, Horror, Drama, Terrorism, cultural trauma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474413817
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence McSweeney, editor
Southampton Solent University

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Part I Dramatisations of the ‘War on Terror’

Chapter 1 The Mythic Shape of American Sniper (2015)

John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett

Part II Influences of the ‘War on Terror’

Part III Allegories of the ‘War on Terror’