Chapter 38. From Virgin Land to Ground Zero: Interrogating the Mythological Foundations of the Master Fiction of the Homeland Security State

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Donald Pease Chair Head Director

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch38

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Pease, D. (2010) From Virgin Land to Ground Zero: Interrogating the Mythological Foundations of the Master Fiction of the Homeland Security State, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch38

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Duke University Press, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • From Virgin Land to Ground Zero - interrogating the mythological foundations of the master fiction of the Homeland Security State;
  • interpreting master narrative - emerging in the events taking place on September 11, 2001;
  • terms “Virgin Land” and “Ground Zero” - freighted with metaphorical significance and performative force;
  • “Virgin Land,” referring to a space coinciding with nation's pre-revolutionary origins;
  • “Ground Zero” designating the site - emerging into visibility on September 11, 2001;
  • inauguration of the Bush settlement;
  • National cultures, conserving images of themselves across time - larger than life myths and transmitting them from one generation to the next;
  • Virgin Land at Ground Zero - uprooting, immigration and resettlement of European exiles on a newly “discovered” territorial landmass;
  • rise and fall of the myth of Virgin Land;
  • return of the national mythology and emergence - Global Homeland State, and people's relation to the land

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Inauguration of the Bush Settlement

  • 9/11: Virgin Land at Ground Zero

  • A Brief Genealogy of the Rise and Fall of the Myth of Virgin Land

  • The Return of the National Mythology and the Emergence of the Global Homeland State

  • Virgin Land as Ground Zero

  • Homeland Security as a Global Biopolitical Settlement

  • Afterword: the Part of No Part

  • Notes

  • Works Cited