With the approach of the 10th anniversary of “the day that changed America,” scholars have begun to elucidate the long-term impacts on Americans of “9/11” (both as an historical moment and an ideological construct). In _9/11 Culture_, Jeffrey Melnick proposes that the cultural and political effects of 9/11 have served “as the answer to countless questions of social import,” and 9/11 (an event transformed into a concept, a discourse, and a language) can be deployed to analyze and understand cultural and material production after September 11, 2001 (2009, 3). Melnick and other scholars consider ways that 9/11 has affected and perhaps provided a lens through which to view American culture, politics, society, and entertainment post-2001. We can locate “9/11” and its sensibility in most cultural artifacts produced after September 11, 2001, including Hollywood mainstream films. Rhetoric promoted during the G.W. Bush administration involving “us versus them” has served to construct and reinforce the borders and boundaries of the categories “American” and “un-American.” In a post-9/11 United States, protection, security, and the containment of terrorist threats, combined with matters of race, sexuality, and citizenship have become ideological tools through which Americans have understood themselves and those around them. In post-9/11 Hollywood mainstream films, we find both an examination of the events of September 11, 2001 and the operation of the ideological processes that have shaped “American’s” perceptions of the post-9/11 world. As sources of meaning and influential carriers of “reality,” films have promoted comprehension and construction of post-9/11 American culture. We seek essays that engage with post-9/11 sensibilities and ideologies in Hollywood mainstream films, especially as they intersect with issues of race, sexuality, gender, and citizenship.
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