The Widows of 9/11 and the Prime-time Wombs of National Memory
This chapter traces popular representations of the women who lost spouses and co-parents to the terrorist attacks of September 11, popularly labeled “The Widows of 9/11,” in U.S. television specials, popular magazines, and newspapers. It analyzes how these vastly diverse images work together to reproduce a memory of the events in the service of heteronormative formations of family, motherhood, and the nation. Working with and against the tropes traditionally used to render single motherhood in the U.S., the sentimental visual discourses that invited sympathy with maternal widows eventually rendered mothers and widows who developed stances critical of the government irrelevant to any patriotic purpose or objective spurred by September 11 terrorist attacks.
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