By Anna Hartnell
Through the lens supplied by way of the 10th anniversary of typhoon Katrina, After Katrina argues that town of latest Orleans emerges as a key web site for exploring competing narratives people decline and renewal initially 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 may be visible as a terminus of the yankee dream. This US catastrophe area has unveiled a community of social and environmental crises that display that customers of social mobility have diminished as environmental degradation and coastal erosion become significant threats not only to the standard of lifestyles yet to the potential for existence in coastal groups throughout the US and the area. And but After Katrina additionally means that New Orleans tradition deals a manner of wondering the USA 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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After Katrina: Race, Neoliberalism, and the End of the American Century by Anna Hartnell