Screens of Terror

Screens of Terror

Screens of Terror:
representations of war and terrorism
in film and television since 9/11

Bury St Edmunds, Abramis Academic, 2011
ISBN: 9781845495015
Amazon UK / Amazon USA


Introduction: Screening the War on Terror
Philip Hammond

Part I: War Movies

1. In Country: Mapping the Iraq War in Recent Hollywood Combat Movies
Guy Westwell

2. ‘America Hurting’: Making Movies About Iraq
Martin Barker

3. Ethical Encounters and Passive Spectators: Looking on at Hollywood’s War on Terror
Mark Straw

4. Why Not a Propaganda Model for Hollywood?
Matthew Alford

5. Redacted: The Heart of Darkness Trope in Representations
of Empire
Liane Tanguay

Part II: Popular Pleasures

6. Ghosts of Ground Zero: Fantasy Film Post-9/11
Fran Pheasant-Kelly

7. A Hostel Environment: Sanitised Terror and the ‘Torture Porn’ Cycle
Graham Barnfield

8. Alien Terrorists: Public Discourse on 9/11 and the American Science Fiction Film
Michael C. Frank

9. The War on Terrorism as Comedy
Philip Hammond

Part III: Us and Them

10. ‘Evil Arabs’? Muslim Terrorists in Hollywood and Bollywood
Bernd Zywietz

11. An Ethico-Politics of Subaltern Representations in Post-9/11
Documentary Film
Joe Parker and Rebekah Sinclair

12. Screening for Meaning: Terrorism as the Product of a Paranoid
Style in Politics and Popular Culture
Hugh Ortega Breton

13. Screening Terror on The West Wing
Jack Holland

14. The Image of Evil: Why Screen Narratives of Terrorism and
Counterterrorism Matter in Real Life Politics and Policies
Brigitte L. Nacos

Notes on Contributors

‘No other collection to date has so acutely, intelligently and coherently demonstrated the inseparability of information, entertainment, policy and public perception as prime vectors of “war on terror” discourses and sensibilities as these are represented in Hollywood products. If I had to choose a single source to interrogate the limitless suffusion throughout Hollywood texts of Hegemonic gaze and subjectivity – regardless of genre, whether “critical” or “mainstream” – it would be Screens of Terror.’
– Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Professor of Journalism & Telecommunications, Bowling Green State University

‘A compelling and timely interrogation of contemporary images of terror, this book has much to offer everyday consumers of popular films and television, be they students or casual readers.’
– Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex

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