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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 Žižek 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

  • Frank Lentricchia

    Stanley Hauerwas

    Daniel Berrigan

    Robert N. Bellah

    Rowan Williams

    Wendell Berry

    Catherine Lutz

    Fredric Jameson

    John Milbank

    Vincent J. Cornell

    Michael J. Baxter

    Susan Willis

    Slavoj Zizek

    Peter Ochs

    Jean Baudrillard

    David James Duncan

    Anne R. Slifkin

    Srinivas Aravamudan

    Donald E. Pease

    Jody McAuliffe

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    Dissent from the Homeland is a book about patriotism, justice, revenge, American history and symbology, art and terror, and pacifism. In this deliberately and urgently provocative collection, noted writers, philosophers, literary critics, and theologians speak out against the war on terrorism and the government of George W. Bush as a response to the events of September 11, 2001. Critiquing government policy, citizen apathy, and societal justifications following the attacks, these writers present a wide range of opinions on such issues as contemporary American foreign policy and displays of patriotism in the wake of the disaster.

    Whether illuminating the narratives that have been used to legitimate the war on terror, reflecting on the power of American consumer culture to transform the attack sites into patriotic tourist attractions, or insisting that to be a Christian is to be a pacifist, these essays refuse easy answers. They consider why the Middle East harbors a deep-seated hatred for the United States. They argue that the U.S. drive to win the cold war made the nation more like its enemies, leading the government to support ruthless anti-Communist tyrants such as Mobutu, Suharto, and Pinochet. They urge Americans away from the pitfall of national self-righteousness toward an active peaceableness—an alert, informed, practiced state of being—deeply contrary to both passivity and war. Above all, the essays assembled in Dissent from the Homeland are a powerful entreaty for thought, analysis, and understanding. Originally published as a special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly, Dissent from the Homeland has been expanded to include new essays as well as a new introduction and postscript.

    Contributors. Srinivas Aravamudan, Michael J. Baxter, Jean Baudrillard, Robert N. Bellah, Daniel Berrigan, Wendell Berry, Vincent J. Cornell, David James Duncan, Stanley Hauerwas, Fredric Jameson, Frank Lentricchia, Catherine Lutz, Jody McAuliffe, John Milbank, Peter Ochs, Donald E. Pease, Anne R. Slifkin, Rowan Williams, Susan Willis, Slavoj Zizek

    About The Author(s)

    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.

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