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Portents of the Real: A Primer For Post-9/11 America Susan Willis

Portents of the Real: A Primer For Post-9/11 America - Susan Willis

Verso, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

From the cover: “The shock and horror that gripped America on September 11, 2001, has given way to a culture of pathological worry. Ignited by the terrorist attacks, anxiety has been fueled by the nation’s official response, which sanctioned a narrative of good vs. evil, the suppression of intellectual debate and the political expediency of keeping the citizenry in a constant state of fear. Snipers in the capital, the government in bunkers, flag euphoria and anthrax hysteria, torture in Abu Ghraib and a stuntman who survived Niagara Falls -these are the nation’s portents, signs of the times in post-9/11 America. Portents of the Real examines culture to apprehend the foreboding political subtexts of a nation perpetually at war on terror.

Against an ever-deepening climate of political repression and a journalistic landscape dominated by sensationalized controversy and historical forgetfulness, Susan Willis offers an astute analysis of the realities behind America’s cultural myths. The effect is both wry and unnerving.”


Size: 7¾" x 5½". Red Spine Strip with Black boards with Black titling to the Spine. 146 pages.
£7.50
Portents of the Real: A Primer For Post-9/11 America Susan Willis