Memory and the wars on terror: Australian and British perspectives

Edited book

Gildersleeve, Jessica and Gehrmann, Richard (ed.) 2017. Memory and the wars on terror: Australian and British perspectives. Houndmills, United Kingdom. Palgrave Macmillan.
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Memory and the wars on terror: Australian and British perspectives

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID2865
EditorsGildersleeve, Jessica and Gehrmann, Richard
Number of Pages283
SeriesPalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationHoundmills, United Kingdom
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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.

Keywordswar; trauma; memory; Iraq, Afghanistan; 9/11; war on terror
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430399. Historical studies not elsewhere classified
470599. Literary studies not elsewhere classified
430302. Australian history
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
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