Memory and the Wars on Terror

Australian and British Perspectives

  • Jessica Gildersleeve
  • Richard Gehrmann

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jessica Gildersleeve, Richard Gehrmann
    Pages 1-19
  3. Frank Bongiorno
    Pages 263-269
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 271-283

About this book

Introduction

This edited collection aims to respond to dominant perspectives on twenty-first-century war by exploring how the events of 9/11 and the subsequent Wars on Terror are represented and remembered outside of the US framework. Existing critical coverage ignores the meaning of these events for people, nations and cultures apparently peripheral to them but which have - as shown in this collection - been extraordinarily affected by the social, political and cultural changes these wars have wrought. Adopting a literary and cultural history approach, the book asks how these events resonate and continue to show effects in the rest of the world, with a particular focus on Australia and Britain. It argues that such reflections on the impact of the Wars on Terror help us to understand what global conflict means in a contemporary context, as well as what its representative motifs might tell us about how nations like Australia and Britain perceive and construct their remembered identities on the world stage in the twenty-first century. In its close examination of films, novels, memoir, visual artworks, media, and minority communities in the years since 2001, this collection looks at the global impacts of these events, and the ways they have shaped, and continue to shape, Britain and Australia’s relation to the rest of the world.

Keywords

terrorism war on terror twenty-first century Western society militarisation Western power collective memory

Editors and affiliations

  • Jessica Gildersleeve
    • 1
  • Richard Gehrmann
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Arts and CommunicationUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.School of Arts and CommunicationUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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