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Dissent from the Homeland


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Introductory Note / Frank Lentricchia 3 Introductory Note / Stanley Hauerwas 7 After / Daniel Berrigan 9 Seventy-Five Years / Robert N. Bellah 11 End of War / Rowan Williams 25 Thoughts in the Presence of Fear / Wendell Berry 37 The Wars Less Known / Catherine Lutz 43 The Dialectics of Disaster / Fredric Jameson 55 Sovereignty, Empire, Capital, and Terror / John Milbank 63 A Muslim to Muslims: Reflections after September 11 / Vincent J. Cornell 83 Groundzeroland / Frank Lentricchia and Jody McAuliffe 95 Dispelling the "We" Fallacy from the Body of Christ: The Task of Catholics in a Time of War / Michael J. Baxter 107 Old Glory / Susan Willis 121 Welcome to the Desert of the Real! / Slavoj Zizek 131 September 11 and the Children of Abraham / Peter Ochs 137 L'Esprit du Terrorisme / Jean Baudrillard 149 Our Good Fortune / David James Duncan 163 John Walker Lindh / Anne R. Slifkin 173 September 11, 2001: A Pacifist Response / Stanley Hauerwas 181 Ground Zero; or, The Implosion of Church and State / Srinivas Aravamudan 195 Afterword: From Virgin Land to Ground Zero / Donald E. Pease 205 Contributors 215 Index 219

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Noted scholars, theologians, and others question the U.S. government's reaction to the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center.

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Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics and Professor of Law at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including The Hauerwas Reader, also published by Duke University Press. Frank Lentricchia is the Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of Literature and Theater Studies at Duke University. Among his numerous books are the novel Lucchesi and The Whale and Close Reading: The Reader (coedited with Andrew DuBois), both also published by Duke University Press.


"Americans seeking intelligent, articulate and decidedly critical commentary on these matters should read Dissent from the Homeland... [E]ven if readers dispute some or even most of the arguments advanced in 'Dissent from the Homeland,' they would be foolish to ignore them." --Robert Neralich, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "Take this book to New York City, sit down by Ground Zero, and read it and weep."--Stephen H. Webb, Reviews in Religion and Theology "The South Atlantic Quarterly is an august journal, intensely conscious of its own distinguished history. In a publisher's forward, independent of the editorial introduction, Steve Cohn draws comparison between the September 11 volume and the first issues which came out in the early 1990s."-- Mark Gibson, Cultural Studies Review "[Dissent from the Homeland does] a good job of dispelling some of the more risible and discursive fictions that pertain to the event and its perpetrators."-- Julian Reid, Contemporary Political Theory "Each essay in the collection wakens the reader, urges a change in the tone of the American response to terror... The well-written and thoughtful essays call to those quiet voices who allow their leaders carte blanche. The experience of Dissent from the Homeland is a bit like reading Thoreau on Civil Disobedience: the reader comes away determined to be morally stronger. In this society we should count that a success--we need more intellectuals kicking against the pricks."--Christopher Porter, Symploke "This is without a doubt one of the most powerful and timely books that I have ever had the opportunity to review... There is much to enchant the scholar of religion in this collection, with some perceptive discussions of the signification of location (homeland, Virgin Land, and Ground Zero) and such signifiers as the flag and blood, not forgetting apocalypticism, theodicy, and eschatology."--Rosalind J. Hackett, Journal of Contemporary Religion

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