By Anna Hartnell
Through the lens supplied through the 10th anniversary of storm Katrina, After Katrina argues that the town of recent Orleans emerges as a key web site for exploring competing narratives folks decline and renewal in the beginning of the twenty-first century. Deploying an interdisciplinary method of discover cultural representations of the post-storm urban, Anna Hartnell means that New Orleans has been reimagined as a laboratory for a racialized neoliberalism, and as such could be noticeable as a terminus of the yankee dream. This US catastrophe sector has unveiled a community of social and environmental crises that show that customers of social mobility have faded as environmental degradation and coastal erosion turn out to be significant threats not only to the standard of existence yet to the potential of lifestyles in coastal groups throughout the US and the area. And but After Katrina additionally means that New Orleans tradition deals a fashion of brooding about the USA in phrases that go beyond the binary of nationwide renewal or declension. The post-Hurricane urban hence emerges as a flashpoint for reflecting at the modern United States.
Anna Hartnell is Senior Lecturer in modern Literature at Birkbeck, collage of London, and the writer of Rewriting Exodus: American Futures from Du Bois to Obama.
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