Disaster Movies:
A Bibliography of Materials in the UCB Library












Disaster Movies (filmsite.org)

Abbott, Carl.
"The Light on the Horizon: Imagining the Death of American Cities." Journal of Urban History, Jan2006, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p175-196, 22p;
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Arthur, Paul
"Unnatural disasters." Film Comment v. 34 no. 4 (July/August 1998) p. 72-5
"The writer discusses the significance of Hollywood's recent disaster-oriented movies. Both movies about alien invasion and natural cataclysms are related to how Hollywood conceives its relationship to advanced technology at any given time or, more suggestively, how it allegorizes its own fate as an industry when faced with competing representational or image-delivery systems. Although given impetus by the upcoming millennium, and the pressures and compensations of the worldwide marketplace, the recent spate of movies can be symbolically linked to the destruction of traditional studio dynamics by digital imaging and to the pervasiveness of cable television." [Art Index]

Belmont, Cynthia.
"Ecofeminism and the Natural Disaster Heroine." Women's Studies, Jul/Aug2007, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p349-372, 24p
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The author reports on the ways in which women have been portrayed in natural disaster films since the 1990s. The author feels that disaster films are popular due to the ways in which they represent conceptions of gender, the military and the roles of humans in the environment. Seven films including "Mimic," "Deep Blue Sea" and "Volcano," are discussed.

Dennett, A.S.; Warnke, N.
"Disaster spectacles at the turn of the century." Film History Vol IV nr 2 ( 1990); p.101-111

Dixon, Wheeler W.
Visions of the Apocalypse : spectacles of destruction in American cinema London ; New York : Wallflower, c2003. (MAIN: PN1995.9.D55 D59 2003)

Ezra, Elizabeth.
"Apocalypse Then French Disaster Films of the 1920s." Studies in French Cinema, 2001, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p5, 8p
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Feil, Ken.
Dying for a laugh : disaster movies and the camp imagination Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, c2005.
MAIN: PN1995.9.D55 F45 2005
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0516/2005020855.html

Hanson, Helen.
"Disaster Movies in the 1970s." In: Contemporary American cinema / edited by Linda Ruth Williams and Michael Hammond. London ; Boston : Open University Press, c2006.
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Hogan, Ron.
"Disasters" In: The stewardess is flying the plane! : American films of the 1970s New York : Bulfinch Press, 2005.
PFA : PN1993.5.U6 H57 2005
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip057/2005002337.html)

Kakoudaki, Despina.
"Spectacles of History: Race Relations, Melodrama, and the Science Fiction/Disaster Film." Camera Obscura no. 50 (2002) p. 108-53
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Kaplan, F.
"Riches from ruin." Jump Cut nr 6 (Mar-Apr 1975); p.3-4
Analysis of the mass appeal of two recent 'disaster films', "Earthquake" and "The towering inferno".

Kay, Glenn.
Disaster Movies: A Loud, Long, Explosive, Star-Studded Guide to Avalanches, Earthquakes, Floods, Meteors, Sinking Ships, Twisters, Viruses, Killer Bees, Nuclear Fallout, and Alien Attacks in the Cinema!
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Main Stacks: PN1995.9.D55 K39 2006)
PFA : PN1995.9.D55 K39 2006)

Keane, Stephen.
Disaster movies : the cinema of catastrophe London; New York ; Wallflower, 2001.
MAIN: PN1995.9.D55 K43 2001
PFA : PN1995.9.D55 K43 2001
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King, Claire Sisco.
"Rogue Waves, Remakes, and Resurrections: Allegorical Displacement and Screen Memory in Poseidon." Quarterly Journal of Speech, Nov2008, Vol. 94 Issue 4, p430-454, 25p; DOI:

King, Geoff
"Apocalypse, Maybe: Pre-millennial Disaster Movies." In: Spectacular narratives : Hollywood in the age of the blockbuster / Geoff King. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2000.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks TR858 .K6 2000
Pacific Film Archive TR858 .K6 2000

Lev, Peter
"Disaster and Conspiracy." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions 1st ed. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000.
Main Stack PN1993.5.U6.L44 2000
Moffitt PN1993.5.U6.L44 2000

Miller, Edward D.
"Millennial Media and Twentieth-Century Images of Disaster." In: The image of the twentieth century in literature, media, and society ; selected papers [from the] 2000 conference [of the] Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery Pueblo, Co. : The Society, 2000.
MAIN: CB425 .S63 2000

Murray, Robin L.; Heumann, Joseph K.
"Environmental Nostalgia in Eco-Disaster Movies of the Early 1970s." CEA Critic, Winter2005, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p15-28, 14p

Napier, Susan J.
"Panic Sites: The Japanese Imagination of Disaster from Godzilla to Akira." Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Summer, 1993), pp. 327-351
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Newman, Kim
"Apocalypse then." Sight & Sound Vol XI nr 9 (Sept 2001); p.14-15
An overview of movies about the destruction of the world.

Page, Max.
The city's end : two centuries of fantasies, fears, and premonitions of New York's destruction New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008.
MAIN: PS374.N43 P34 2008

Perkowitz, Sidney
"Devastating Collisions." In" Hollywood science: movies, science, and the end of the world / Sidney Perkowitz New York : Columbia University Press, 2010, c2007.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S26 P47 2007
Moffitt PN1995.9.S26 P47 2007

Quarantelli, E. L.
"The Study Of Disaster Movies: Research Problems, Findings, and Implications." University of Delaware Library Institutional Repository: Preliminary Papers;64
"This paper deals primarily with the problems and opportunities intrinsic in a social scientific study of disaster films. In the introductory section, we note the importance of popular culture in affecting the beliefs of people and discuss the possible role of movies in shaping the conceptions and ideas held by the public at large about the physical and human features of disastrous events. In the second section section we outline the pilot study of disaster films we undertook and attempt to show the lessons learned as a result of the gap between our intent and our achievements. This is followed by a discussion of the major substantive observations and impressions derived from the content of the disaster movies we viewed. The paper concludes with suggestions for future and more systematic research into all aspects of popular culture and disasters and presents specific recommendations for studies into all phases of the production and consumption of disaster movies."

Roos, Lena
"Age before Beauty: A Comparative Study of Martyrs in American Disaster Movies and Their Medieval Predecessors." Journal of Religion & Film; Apr2007, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p6-6, 1p
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Ryan, Michael; Kellner, Douglas
"Crisis Films." In: Camera politica : the politics and ideology of contemporary Hollywood film / by Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner. Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, 1988
Moffitt PN1993.5.U6.R93 1988

Thompson, Kirsten Moana.
Apocalyptic dread : American film at the turn of the millennium Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 T47 2007
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0612/2006013425.html

Trend, David.
"Disaster Movies." In: The myth of media violence : a critical introduction / David Trend. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
Main Stack P96.V5.T74 2007

Yacovar, Maurice.
"The bug in the rug : notes on the disaster genre." In: Film genre reader II / edited by Barry Keith Grant. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 1995.
MAIN: PN1995.F45792 1995

The China Syndrom (James Bridges, 1979)

"China syndrome." Film Comment, May 1979, Vol. 15, p28-31, 4p

Dowling, John.
"China syndrome." The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 1979, Vol. 35, p53-54, 2p
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Malmsheimer, Lonna M.
"Three Mile Island: fact, frame, and fiction." American Quarterly, 1986, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p35-52, 18p
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McMullen, Wayne J.
"The China Syndrome: Corruption to the core." Literature Film Quarterly, 1995, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p55, 8p
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Palmer, William J.
"Feminism: The China Syndrome." In: The films of the seventies : a social history / by William J. Palmer. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1987. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S6.P341 1987; Moffitt PN1995.9.S6.P34 1987)

Perkowitz, Sidney
"Atoms Unleashed." In" Hollywood science: movies, science, and the end of the world / Sidney Perkowitz New York : Columbia University Press, 2010, c2007.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.S26 P47 2007)

Rose, Brian.
"Mass Mediated Images: The Force of Television in 'The China Syndrome'." Journal of Popular Film and Television 8:3 (1980:Fall) p.2
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Wills, John.
"Celluloid chain reactions: The China Syndrome and Three Mile Island." European Journal of American Culture, 2006, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p109-122, 14p
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Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)

Anshen, David.
"Out of the depths and through the postmodern surface." Cineaction n51 (2000): 23-29.

Arroyo, Jose.
"Massive Attack." In: Action/spectacle cinema : a Sight and sound reader / edited by Jose Arroyo. London : British Film Institute, 2000.
Main Stack PN1995.A259 2000

Barker, Martin.
"Titanic: A Knight to Remember." In: From Antz to Titanic : reinventing film analysis / Martin Barker, with Thomas Austin.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .B266 2000

Bartsch, Anne
"Vivid Abstractions: On the Role of Emotion Metaphors in Film Viewers' Search for Deeper Insight and Meaning." Midwest Studies In Philosophy, 2010, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p240-260, 21p
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Brown, Simon
"The Greatest Documentary Ever Made? James Cameron's Titanic." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 78-88, Fall 2003

Calhoun, John
"That sinking feeling." TCI v. 32 (January 1998) p. 24-9
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"Director James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic is an authentic re-creation of the 1912 sinking of the most famous doomed ship of all and the deaths of 1,500 of its passengers. Incredible pains were taken to reproduce the original vessel without stinting: A 775-foot model of the massive liner was constructed using the original blueprints of the ship. A massive workforce re-created many of the original Titanic interiors, including the showpiece three-story Grand Staircase, which was made, like the original, of oak. Most of the costumes, including those for up to 1,000 extras and period pieces for star Kate Winslet, had to be made, with original accessories used wherever possible for authenticity. The sinking of the ship posed a great engineering challenge and involved the use of exterior and interior sets with a single sinking mechanism. Details of the practical problems of a faithful cinematic reproduction and how they were overcome are discussed." [Wislon]

Capino, José B.
"Titanic: Class Critique, Millenarian Fantasy." In: American cinema of the 1990s: themes and variations / edited by Chris Holmlun. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2008.
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Chumo, P. N.
"Learning to make each day count: time in James Cameron's Titanic." Journal of Popular Film and Television v. 26 no. 4 (Winter 1999) p. 158-64
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Cooke, Paul
"Dresden (2006), Teamworx and Titanic (1997): German Wartime Suffering as Hollywood Disaster Movie." German Life & Letters; Apr2008, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p279-294, 16p
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Cull, Nicholas J.
"Titanic." American Historical Review 103.n2 (April 1998): 634(2). UC users only

Dassanowsky, Robert von.
"A Mountain of a Ship: Locating the Bergfilm in James Cameron's Titanic." Cinema Journal, vol. 40 , no. 4, pp. 18-35, 2001.
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Davis, Todd F.; Womack, Kenneth.
"Narrating the Ship of Dreams: The Ethics of Sentimentality in James Cameron's Titanic." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 42-48, Spring 2001.
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Delgado, James P.
"Titanic." In: Box office archaeology : refining Hollywood's portrayals of the past / edited by Julie M. Schablitsky. Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast ; [Oxford : Berg, distributor], c2007.
Anthropology PN1995.9.H5 B69 2007 c.2
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 B69 2007

Gerstner, David.
"Unsinkable Masculinity: The Artist and the Work of Art in James Cameron's Titanic." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004.
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Gerstner, David
"Unsinkable Masculinity: The Artist and the Work of Art in James Cameron's Titanic." Cultural Critique, vol. 50, pp. 1-22, Winter 2002
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Donnelly, K.J.
"Riverdancing as the Ship Goes Down." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004.
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Green, Adam J.
"'Titanic' Fever: Why Then?" Journal of Psychohistory, Summer1998, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p546-562, 17p

Hammond, Michael.
"Titanic." In: Contemporary American cinema / edited by Linda Ruth Williams and Michael Hammond. London ; Boston : Open University Press, c2006.
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Hurley, James S.
"Titanic Allegories: The Blockbuster as Art Film." Strategies: A Journal of Theory, Culture, and Politics, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 91-120, May 2001. UC users only

Karagiannidou, Aneta; Siropoulos, Vagelis
"Oops - Hollywood Did It Again: James Cameron's Titanic and the Fantasy of the Absolute." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 89-98, Fall 2003

Kendrick, James.
"Marxist overtones in Three Films by James Cameron." Journal of Popular Film and Television 27.3 (Fall 1999): 37. UC users only

King, Geoff
"Digital Dinosaurs: From T-Rex to Titanic." In: Spectacular narratives : Hollywood in the age of the blockbuster / Geoff King. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2000.
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Main (Gardner) Stacks TR858 .K6 2000
Pacific Film Archive TR858 .K6 2000

Kramer, Peter.
"'Far Across the Distance': Historical Films, Film History and Titanic (1997)." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004.
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Kramer, Peter.
"Women first: 'Titanic' (1997), action-adventure films and Hollywood's female audience." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 18.4 (Oct 1998): 599(2).
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Liggett, Lori
"Maiden Voyage: From Edwardian Girl to Millenial Woman in Titanic." In: Sugar, spice, and everything nice : cinemas of girlhood / edited by Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2002.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.G57 S84 2002

Lim, Edna
"Displacing Titanic: History, Spectacle, and Hollywood." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 45-69, Fall 2003

McGee, Patrick
"Terrible Beauties: Messianic Time and the Image of Social Redemption in James Cameron's Titanic." Postmodern Culture: An Electronic Journal of Interdisciplinary Criticism, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 45 paragraphs, Sept 1999
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Middleton, Peter; Woods, Tim
"Textual Memory: The Making of the Titanic's Literary Archive." Textual Practice, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 507-26, Winter 2001

Plantinga, Carl
"Rethinking affects, narration, fantasy, and realism. Trauma, pleasure, and emotion in the viewing of Titanic: a cognitive approach." In: Film theory and contemporary Hollywood movies / edited by Warren Buckland. New York : Routledge, 2009.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .F4667 2009

Putterman, T. L.
"Titanic Lovers, or How a Good Girl Pleased Her Man." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 37, pp. (no pagination), August 2002

Roberts, Gillian
"Circulations of Taste: Titanic, the Oscars, and the Middlebrow." In: Movie blockbusters / edited by Julian Stringer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A1 M68 2003

Rushing, Janice Hocker; Frentz, Thomas S.
"Singing over the bones: James Cameron's Titanic." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Mar2000, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p1, 27p
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Criticizes the historical account of the film `Titanic' within cultural and classical myths. Recovery of the gendered tensions between romantic love and technological progress; Versions of mythic descent in the film; Ability of James Cameron, director of the film to cast `Titanic' as a feminine descent.

Simpson, David.
"Tourism and Titanomania." Critical Inquiry 25.4 (Summer 1999): 680.
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Studlar, Gaylyn
"Titanic/Titanic: Thoughts on Cinematic Presence and Monumental History." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 99-106, Fall 2003

Studlar, Gaylyn.
"Titanic/Titanic: Thoughts on Cinematic Presence and Monumental History." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004.
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Terry-Chandler, Fiona.
"Vanished Circumstance: Titanic, heritage, and film." International Journal of Heritage Studies, Mar2000, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p67-76, 10p
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Turan, Kenneth.
"Titanic sinks again (spectacularly)" In: American movie critics : an anthology from the silents until now / edited by Phillip Lopate. New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade by Penguin Putnam, c2006.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .A448 2006
Moffitt PN1995 .A448 2006
Pacific Film Archive PN1995 .A72 2006

Vaage, Margrethe Bruun
"The Empathetic Film Spectator in Analytic Philosophy and Naturalized Phenomenology." Film and Philosophy, vol. 10, pp. 21-38, 2006

Voskuil, Caryn M.
"Philosophy, Gender, and Popular Fictions: Classical Gender Constructs in the Film Titanic." Critical Engagements: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 102-116, 2007

Wolf, Mark J. P.
" The Technical Challenge of Emotional Realism and James Cameron's Titanic." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004.
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Womack, Kenneth (ed. and introd.).
"Titanica." [Issue devoted to James Cameron's Titanic] Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-106, Fall 2003.

Wood, Aylish
"Expanded Narrative Space: Titanic and CGI Technology." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004.
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Zani, Steven J.
"Traumatic Disaster and Titanic Recuperation: Popular/Historical Representations of the Titanic." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 125-31, Fall 2003.
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United 93 (Paul Greengrass, 2006)

Canavan, Gerry.
"Performance. Terror and mismemory: resignifying September 11 in World Trade Center and United 93." In: Portraying 9/11 : essays on representations in comics, literature, film and theatre / edited by Véronique Bragard, Christophe Dony and Warren Rosenberg. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2011.
Main (Gardner) Stacks HV6432.7 .P683 2011

Cooper, Rand Richards.
"Lost: 'UNITED 93'." Commonweal 133.11 (June 2, 2006): 21(2).

Greenlaw, Duncan.
""Until Justice is Done": Authenticity and Memory in Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday And United 93." Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Fall2010, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p2-25, 24p
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Hoberman, J.
"Unquiet America." Sight and Sound 16.10 (Oct 2006): 20(4).

Jordan, John W.
"Transcending Hollywood: The Referendum on United 93 as Cinematic Memorial." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Volume 25 Issue 2 2008 Pages 196 ? 223
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Kellner, Douglas.
"Representations of 9/11 in Hollywood Film: United 93 and World Trade Center." In: Cinema wars: Hollywood film and politics in the Bush-Cheney era Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
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Lewis, Michael J.
"Hollywood does 9/11." (United 93)(World Trade Center)(On Native Soil)(Critical essay) Commentary 122.3 (Oct 2006): p40(6). (3963 words)
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Muntean, Nick.
""It was Just Like a Movie"." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer2009, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p50-59, 10p

Pheasant-Kelly, Frances.
"Authenticating the reel: realism, simulation, and trauma in United 93." In: Portraying 9/11 : essays on representations in comics, literature, film and theatre / edited by Véronique Bragard, Christophe Dony and Warren Rosenberg. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2011.
Main (Gardner) Stacks HV6432.7 .P683 2011

Sánchez-Escalonilla, Antonio.
"Hollywood and the Rhetoric of Panic: The Popular Genres of Action and Fantasy in the Wake of the 9/11 Attacks." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Spring2010, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p10-20, 11p

Tubrett, Dion.
"Mourning and Misfortune: 9/11 and the domestic terror of pedophilia." CineAction 70 (Summer 2006): 51(8).


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