By Anna Hartnell
Through the lens supplied by way of the 10th anniversary of typhoon Katrina, After Katrina argues that the town of recent Orleans emerges as a key website 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 can be noticeable as a terminus of the yankee dream. This US catastrophe region has unveiled a community of social and environmental crises that reveal that customers of social mobility have diminished as environmental degradation and coastal erosion turn out to be significant threats not only to the standard of lifestyles yet to the potential of lifestyles in coastal groups throughout the USA and the area. And but After Katrina additionally means that New Orleans tradition bargains a fashion of brooding about the U.S. in phrases that go beyond the binary of nationwide renewal or declension. The post-Hurricane urban therefore emerges as a flashpoint for reflecting at the modern United States.
Anna Hartnell is Senior Lecturer in modern Literature at Birkbeck, college of London, and the writer of Rewriting Exodus: American Futures from Du Bois to Obama.
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