Post 9/11 filmmaking and representations of the 'other'

Moulder, Dean (2008) Post 9/11 filmmaking and representations of the 'other'. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The following thesis represents a microcosm of post 9/11 filmmaking and the depictions of the 'Other', focusing specifically on literal and non-literal accounts. As a relatively contemporary study, the work is grounded in post-colonial theory, exploring representations of 'Otherness' in the politically charged post 9/11 epoch and moves to discuss film in postmodernist terms. The dissertation was inspired out of the current socio-political climate of the 'war on terror' and the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A post 9/11 malaise lingers in the collective psyche of western society, and cult of fear has been cultivated by governmental spin. This work explores how the issues of the attacks themselves are represented as well as the ensuing social impact, and how this has disproportionally affected the 'Other'. The intention is to cover American film (but not exclusively), looking at racial stereotyping of Arabs (as the perpetrators of the attacks) and questioning whether the films themselves give the 'Other' a voice. I argue that literal depictions either marginalise the 'Other' by not representing them at all or alienate them by encouraging a lust for revenge, with the 'Other' cited as the 'enemy'. Whilst non-literal filmic depictions are on the whole more tolerant and attempt to show humanity as a united race, they do so with the theorised 'Orientalised preoccupations with the East and the 'Other'.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/550

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