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Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History, Revised Edition

Robert Burgoyne


Events of the past decade have dramatically rewritten the American national narrative, bringing to light an alternate history of nation, marked since the country’s origins by competing geopolitical interests, by mobility and migration, and by contending ethnic and racial groups. This book analyzes films that give shape to the counternarrative that has emerged since 9/11—one that challenges the traditional myths of the American nation-state. The films examined here, the book argues, reveal the hidden underlayers of nation, from the first interaction between Europeans and Native Americans (The N ... More

Keywords: American nation, Flags of Our Fathers, 9/11, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gangs of New York, American identity, Martin Scorsese, World Trade Center, United 93

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816642915
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816642915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Burgoyne, author
Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University