Saturday, December 15, 2007

Susan Faludi's New Book

If you didn't get a chance to come out to hear Susan Faludi speak in Portland about her newest book, you can now watch footage of the talks thanks to the website (as well as several other authors--including Naomi Klein author of The Shock Doctrine).    

Faludi's new book  The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America 
is her third book exploring gender.  An overview on her website writes that "Faludi shines a light on the country's psychological response to the attacks on that terrible day. Turning her laser-sharp observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, Faludi unearths a barely acknowledged but bedrock societal drama shot through with baffling contradictions. Why, she asks, did an assault on American global dominance provoke an almost hysterical summons to restore "traditional" manhood, marriage, and maternity?"   The book argues that in the aftermath of 911 "American culture  would generate an ironclad countermyth of cowboy swagger and feminine frailty, which has been reanimated whenever the nation feels threatened. On September 11, Americans were once again returned to an experience of homeland terror and humiliation. And, once again, they fled from self-knowledge and retreated into myth."

For more information about this book visit Faludi's website at

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Bitch magazine also interviewed Susan Faludi in it's most recent issue.