Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror

Neomedievalism Neoconservatism and the War on Terror President Bush was roundly criticized for likening America s antiterrorism measures to a crusade in Far from just a gaffe however such medievalism has become a dominant paradigm for comprehendi

  • Title: Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror
  • Author: Bruce Holsinger
  • ISBN: 9780976147596
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • President Bush was roundly criticized for likening America s antiterrorism measures to a crusade in 2001 Far from just a gaffe, however, such medievalism has become a dominant paradigm for comprehending the identity and motivations of America s perceived enemy in the war on terror Yet as Bruce Holsinger argues here, this cloying post 9 11 rhetoric has served to obscurePresident Bush was roundly criticized for likening America s antiterrorism measures to a crusade in 2001 Far from just a gaffe, however, such medievalism has become a dominant paradigm for comprehending the identity and motivations of America s perceived enemy in the war on terror Yet as Bruce Holsinger argues here, this cloying post 9 11 rhetoric has served to obscure the intricate ideological machinations of neomedievalism, the global idiom of the non state actor non governmental organizations, transnational corporate militias, and terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda.Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror addresses the role of neomedievalism in contemporary politics While international relations theorists promote neomedievalism as a model for understanding emergent modes of global sovereignty, neoconservatives exploit its conceptual slipperiness for their own tactical ends Holsinger concludes with a careful parsing of the Bush administration s torture memos, which enlist neomedievalism s model of feudal sovereignty on behalf of the abrogation of human rights.

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    • Bruce Holsinger

      Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and scholar of medieval literature who teaches in the Department of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville His debut novel, A BURNABLE BOOK, is set in the alleys and halls of medieval London, where the poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower spent much of their lives He is also the author or editor of six nonfiction books on medieval literature and culture His work has garnered major awards from the Modern Language Association, the American Musicological Society, and the Medieval Academy of America His research has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is the recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies Bruce lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his family.

    967 thoughts on “Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror

    • Quite a remarkable little book. Nominally a pamphlet, but much more dense and thoughtful than the average. It is a remarkable development of the metaphor of medievalism as a literary concept to its twisted use as the latest incarnation of Neoconservative thought and its influence on American thought, values, and politics. The abuse of terminology by political forces in government is staggering. It was published in 2007, but could easily do with an added chapter or two to reflect the US president [...]


    • provocative and thoughtful. some of it was very good and some of it needs more development. also, and maybe this is jut the academic in me, the pamphlet style is interesting but still needs at least a rudimentary bibliography.


    • A thoughtful exploration of the crusade rhetoric of 9/11, the torture memos and all of the political maneuvering by the Bush Administration in that era, as well as the Islamic response to same. A quick, absorbing read on their rhetorical use of medievalism


    • As I recall, most useful for its final few pages, where BH engages with the Perils of 'Traveling Theory.' Would be useful to give to grad students in an intro to theory section.


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