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Beyond 9/11

Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture


Edited By Christian Klöckner, Simone Knewitz and Sabine Sielke

Rather than turning backward and remembering 9/11, this book sets out to reflect on how the events of September 11, 2001, have shifted our perspectives on a whole series of political, economic, social, and cultural processes. Beyond 9/11 raises the question how the intense debates on the 2001 terrorist attacks and their aftermaths have come to shape our present moment and frame what lies ahead. At the same time, this collection acknowledges that the label «9/11» has often bracketed cultural complexities we have only begun to understand. In Beyond 9/11, contributors from the fields of American studies, political science, economics, history, theology, and the arts reappraise the cultural climate and the global impact of the United States in the second decade of the twenty-first century.


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G e o r g ia n a B a n it a Writing Energy Security after 9/11: Oil, Narrative, and Globalization 169 The Spirit o f 9/11 G er h a r d Sa u t e r 9/11 as a Spiritual Event 197 Y v o n n e Y a z b e c k H a d d a d a n d N a z ir H a r b The New American Muslim Identity: Defining American Islam over a Decade of Transformation 213 C h r is t ia n Kl o e c k n e r On Hallowed Ground: The Sacred Space of Ground Zero and the Consecration of Global Business 245 Sa b in e S iel k e Why “9/11 is [not] unique,” or: Troping Trauma 263 A n d r e w s . G r o ss What Chabon Remembers: Terrorism, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and Nations without Borders 289 Looking Beyond Ground Zero Pa t r ic k Ke l l e r The Surprising Staying Power of U.S. Primacy 303 A n d r e a s Fa l k e The Long-Term Foreign Policy Consequences of 9/11: An American Neo-Isolationism? 323 B ir g it D ä w e s Haunted Fiction: The Ghosts of Ground Zero 341 S im o n e K n e w it z 9/11 and the Literature Industry 153 Sa s c h a Pö h l m a n n...

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