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Iraq War Cultures

Cynthia Fuchs and Joe Lockard

The Iraq war has produced profound changes within the United States, changes manifested by popular discontent with the war. On one hand, U.S. culture finds its own ideological reflection in the Iraq war; on the other hand, U.S. media repeatedly critique the social and political forces that produce the war. These multiple and contradictory assessments have been characterized by intensified imagery and narratives, an escalation that is in part a function of the new communications technologies used to generate them. This book examines the images and stories emerging from the Iraq war, from video games that retell its battles, the representations of Arab people in American film history, and U.S. war documentaries, to parody and memoir and photographs from Abu Ghraib.
Contents: Cynthia Fuchs/Joe Lockard: Introduction: «Shrapnel throughout the Body»: U.S. War Culture and Iraq – Patrick Brantlinger: Shopping on Red Alert: The Rhetorical Normalization of Terror – Leanne McRae: Memory, Meaning, and Mass Destruction – Murray Pomerance: Bagdad Bad – Anna Froula: «America, Fuck Yeah!»: Patriotic Puppetry in Team America: World Police – Tony Perucci: Fight or Fuck: Performing Neoliberalism at Abu Ghraib – David Clearwater: «Zap the Iraqoids»: War, Video Games, and Perception Management – Cynthia Fuchs: «You Just Want Stories»: Iraqi Subjects, American Documentaries – Zoe Trodd/Nathaniel Nadaff-Hafrey: «George, They Were Only Movies»: The Vietnam Syndrome in Iraq War Culture – Stephanie Athey: The Torturer’s Tale: Tony Lagouranis in Mosul and the Media – Henry Giroux: From Auschwitz to Abu Ghraib: Rethinking Adorno’s Politics of Education.