Master of Arts in Communication Studies
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Joseph Valenzano, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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This thesis examines the response of American popular culture to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. By utilizing the September 17, 2001 pre-game ceremony, held at Busch Stadium as a case study example, larger generalizations are made about the role popular culture played in the days following the tragedy. In order to analyze this example, I have developed heroic cultural nostalgia, a framework that combines elements of myth, nostalgia and national identity. Heroic cultural nostalgia provides an explanation of how popular culture plays a role in crisis response. The framework highlights the role of individuals with heroic characteristics in evoking nostalgia as a means of providing an escape from current conditions and as a reinforcement of American exceptionalism.
Baseball; Missouri; Myth; Nationalism; Nostalgia; Popular culture; September 11 Terrorist Attacks; 2001; Saint Louis (Mo.)
American Popular Culture | American Studies | Critical and Cultural Studies | Cultural History | United States History
Pinney, Amanda J., "Solace in St. Louis: A case study in heroic cultural nostalgia" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 324.