Terror Dream Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America
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Description: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and bestselling author ofBacklash, examines America's deeply-rooted attitude toward gender and the enduring power of mythic cultural images from the earliest settler wars to our current "war on terror." In the groundbreaking tradition ofBacklash,The Terror Dreamlooks at the ways in which the media responses to 9/11 manipulated traditional gender roles and rescue fantasies. By returning to America's founding myths, Susan Faludi shows how the terrorist attacks cracked open the master narrative of American prowess. Though they were called unimaginable, the attacks were not the first of their kind; indeed a searing war against European civilians by "terrorists" was the foundational experience of the American colonies. The Terror Dreamshows how our original "war on terrorism" formed the American character, and how our attempts to suppress our early vulnerability gave birth to a carefully constructed hero narrative that lives on in current day cinema, television, journalism, and public policy. In an argument that spans from colonial captivity narratives to John Wayne films to the fictional rescue of Jessica Lynch, Faludi brilliantly shows how the shock of 9/11 returned us to the deepest American traditions, how our cultural response exposed a gender myth in which our sense of national invincibility rests on men being heroic rescuers, which in turn requires that women be in need of rescue. In the words of Barbara Ehrenreich, the author ofNickel and Dimed, "This is a book that had to be written, and only Susan Faludi could do it so brilliantly and engrossingly."
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Publication date: 9/2/2008
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall