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New Narratives of 9/11 and the Problem(s) of American Exceptionalism - SACI0003

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    Dr A Keeble
    Prof A Schwan
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Project Description

This project examines the way recent narratives of 9/11 have dealt with the problem(s) of American exceptionalism: what strategies have authors, directors and artists adopted to meaningfully represent 9/11 without reinforcing exceptionalist rhetoric. As many scholars have noted, 9/11 has frequently been ideologically severed from its causes and effects in order to advance particular political agendas and many cultural narratives of 9/11 have been complicit in this severing. This research will explore the ways recent 9/11 narratives grapple with US exceptionalism while recognizing the way 9/11 has and continues to shape contemporary global societies and world conflicts.

Academic qualifications
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Literary Studies with a good fundamental knowledge of terrorism studies and literary and critical theory.

English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:
• Experience of fundamental interdisciplinary research in the humanities;
• Competent in textual analysis
• Knowledge of C20 and C21 Literature
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management

Desirable attributes:
Understanding of key debates about US exceptionalism; trauma and trauma theory.

When applying for this position please quote project code SACI0003

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded Ph.D. opportunity


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