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ISBN-13: 978-1405173711 ISBN-10: 1405173718 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405173718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405173711
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“His remains an invaluable achievement, for its nuanced attention to such a broad range of materials, for its overall clarity of focus and for its welcome readability. “ (M/C Reviews, May 2010)

“The book can serve as an excellent primary text assigned to students taken courses related to the same field.” ( Southwest Journal of Cultures, 2009)


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9/11 Culture serves as a useful introduction to the complexities of American culture in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. With a broad purview that includes film, music, literary fiction and other popular arts, the volume is designed for anyone interested in quietly probing how American cultural agents and audiences have “acted out” and “worked through” the national trauma of 9/11. Written in an accessible language, and unburdened by academic jargon, 9/11 Culture constructs a number of common-sense approaches for the study of all of the works of art—high, low, and in-between.

Offering balanced examinations of a catalogue of artifacts culled from high (and low) culture--film, music, photos, memorials, comic strips, fiction, telethons, poetry--Melnick probes the silly as well as the superseding ways that 9/11 has exerted a shaping force on a wide range of practices, from the politics of femininity to the poetics of redemption. The ample pedagogical material--film- and discographies, introduction, and teachers preface--accompanying 9/11 Culture suggest to users the many ways one might begin tracking the cultural resonances of 9/11.

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[November 2014 note: Below is a review of this book I wrote in 2010 and posted on the Living Social bookshelf via a Facebook app. Living Social pulled the plug on their review site and many of my book and album reviews vanished with it. Transferring files from an old computer, I discovered that I had saved a draft version of this one review . Also, for complete honesty, I am still employed in the Professional Development division of the company that published this book. It was on the receptionist’s shelf in our Boston office and she kindly gave me the copy.]

"Why do they hate us?" was a question constantly asked in the days following Sept 11, 2001. This book does not attempt any answer, but instead explores the cultural constructions and deconstructions at work by the various constituencies as we defined who safely belonged within the boundaries of "us" and who did not. As author Jeffrey Melnick, Associate Professor of American Studies at Babson College, demonstrates, the question itself was fluid. In addition to a general American public asking for a reason behind the horrific attacks of the day; Melnick’s analysis of our cultural response argues that the outlawed lesbian protagonists in V for Vendetta as they flee from a neo-fascist regime in Britain were asking the same question from another perspective. Or closer to home, that it was already being asked for many years by the Brooklyn rappers and their neighborhoods who noted that their more common perceptions of the World Trade Center and the New York Police Department was how the one often worked very hard at keeping them out of the other.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Cuthbert on December 15, 2012
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Another required book for college. What more to say than you like some books and you don't like other books...it's just the way it is.
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