Alla Ivanchikova. Imagining Afghanistan: Global Fiction and the Film of the 9/11 Wars


  • Hong Zeng Southwest Jiaotong University


Alla Ivanchikova’s Imagining Afghanistan: Global Fiction and Film of the 9/11 Wars examines how Afghanistan was imagined in literary and visual texts after 9/11 attacks and subsequent US invasion. She argues convincingly how Afghanistan after 9/11 becomes a testing ground of global forces that reflect the moral ambiguities of humanitarianism, the legacy of the Cold War, the role of America in the rise of transnational terror and the damage of wars on human and nonhuman ecology. Its iconoclastic central arguments debunk NATO-centric view of Afghanistan.

Author Biography

Hong Zeng, Southwest Jiaotong University

Hong Zeng is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Southwest Jiaotong University. She had been tenure-track Assistant Professor at Carleton College and Associate Professor at Hamline University in America for thirteen years. She published five books in America, including Semiotics of Exile in Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Semiotics of Exile in Contemporary Chinese Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).