Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson’s ‘Homeland’: de-constructing the rhetoric of consensus in the aftermath of September 11th attacks


  • Cinzia Schiavini Università degli Studi di Milano



Parole chiave:

9/11, Homeland, Dale Maharidge, Michael Williamson


Focusing on Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson’s reportage Homeland (2004), this essay explores the de-construction of the discursive and cultural strategies of the “state of exception” used to depict 9/11 events and the dialectics between domestic and international politics and economies. The analysis focuses in particular on four elements: the concept of “Ground Zero” and “Homeland” and their use as lexical and symbolic catalysts of nationalism; the forms and the erasure of dissent; the commodification of 9/11 and the Iraqi war; and the relation between the national rhetoric and the transnational economy in the last two decades.


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Biografia autore

Cinzia Schiavini, Università degli Studi di Milano

Cinzia Schiavini is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Her areas of research include meta-fiction, Jewish-American Literature, Nineteenth-Century literature, cultural geography, travel writing, history and memory. She has published several papers in journals and in edited volumes on Henry Roth, Jerome David Salinger, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and on contemporary travel writers (Jonathan Raban, Rubén Martínez and William Least Heat-Moon). She is the author of a volume on the United States domestic travel narratives (Strade d’America. L’autobiografia di viaggio statunitense contemporanea, 2011) and she co-edited (with Anna Scacchi) Kiddie Lit. la letteratura per l’infanzia negli Stati Uniti, 2010. She is currently working on the depiction of the economic crisis in XX century American reportage and literary journalism.




Come citare

Schiavini, Cinzia. 2011. «Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson’s ‘Homeland’: De-Constructing the Rhetoric of Consensus in the Aftermath of September 11th Attacks». Altre Modernità, settembre, 310-24. https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/1311.



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