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Download PDF by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo: Projecting 9/11: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Recent

By Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo

ISBN-10: 1442218266

ISBN-13: 9781442218260

Projecting 9/11 examines sensibilities and ideologies that arose after September eleven, 2001, and the way those intersect with problems with race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship in modern mainstream motion pictures. The authors argue that the social and political undertaking that's “9/11” are available in such a lot cultural artifacts produced after the date, together with movie. In essence, Hollywood motion pictures undertaking the Sept. 11 project.

The ebook analyzes the explicit ways that contemporary Hollywood motion pictures became either strong forces of importance and likewise forceful representations of truth approximately post-9/11 lifestyles. From movies that explicitly deal with matters regarding Sept. 11, equivalent to United 93 and Extremely Loud and enormously Close, to motion pictures that express post-9/11 issues in less-expected methods, reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love and World battle Z, the authors discover tensions round race, gender, and sexuality. The e-book examines our perceptions of truth after the occasions of September eleven, 2001, as proven via one of many extra influential technique of cultural representation—Hollywood films.

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Aiken, unable to find solace in group therapy or to reconnect with his former girlfriend, shows a loss of hope and is killed in a shoot-out with police. Dr. Marsh, evidently troubled, turns to alcohol. However, it is in the character of Tommy Yates that viewers find a key to understanding the inner war of these soldiers and how their struggle might be extended more broadly to an American public still grappling with the effects of September 11, 2001, and the 9/11 project. Yates’s best friend, Jordan (Chad Michael Murray), has died in the same ambush in which Price’s arm has been severed.

White masculinity centers the narratives of these films, despite their plot differences, and frames 9/11 as a moment of national vulnerability and sacrifice. UNITED 93:“LET’S ROLL” AND THE SACRIFICE OF WHITENESS Perhaps because of the difference in focus (death versus survival), and perhaps because United 93 was released four months prior to 30 Chapter 2 World Trade Center, moviegoers expressed strong reactions against United 93 when trailers of the film first appeared in theaters during the spring of 2006.

The 9/11 filmic world tends to reveal no borders for First World peoples, while it maintains strict divisions for non-First World citizens. In fact, within this world, a person’s citizenship becomes entangled with her/his gender and the space he or she inhabits. Ultimately, a person’s place in the world becomes dichotomized in terms of salvation or damnation. We examine the films Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2006), Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2007), and Eat Pray Love (Ryan Murphy, 2010).

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