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The Novel after 9/11: From Ground Zero to the "War on Terror"


Frank, Michael C (2019). The Novel after 9/11: From Ground Zero to the "War on Terror". In: Baumbach, Sybille; Neumann, Birgit. New Approaches to the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 175-194.

Abstract

Although published in close temporal proximity to one another, Don DeLillo's "Falling Man" and Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" provide markedly different outlooks on the impact of the 11 September 2001 attacks. As these two novels illustrate, 9/11 fiction actively partakes in contemporary public discourse, employing the mode of fiction to both reiterate and interrogate prevailing narratives about 9/11 and the ensuing War on Terror. Whereas American Ground Zero novels tend to support the master narrative of 9/11 as a cultural trauma, postcolonial War on Terror novels assume a counterdiscursive position by offering different narrative contextualizations of the event. Thus, the Anglophone "novel after 9/11" can be shown to make diverse, sometimes conflicting contributions to the meaning-making processes surrounding 9/11 and the War on Terror.

Abstract

Although published in close temporal proximity to one another, Don DeLillo's "Falling Man" and Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" provide markedly different outlooks on the impact of the 11 September 2001 attacks. As these two novels illustrate, 9/11 fiction actively partakes in contemporary public discourse, employing the mode of fiction to both reiterate and interrogate prevailing narratives about 9/11 and the ensuing War on Terror. Whereas American Ground Zero novels tend to support the master narrative of 9/11 as a cultural trauma, postcolonial War on Terror novels assume a counterdiscursive position by offering different narrative contextualizations of the event. Thus, the Anglophone "novel after 9/11" can be shown to make diverse, sometimes conflicting contributions to the meaning-making processes surrounding 9/11 and the War on Terror.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:06 Jan 2020 09:21
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:24
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-3-030-32597-8
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32598-5_10
Related URLs:https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-32598-5 (Publisher)

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