9/11 and the Literature of Terror

9/11 and the Literature of Terror

by Martin Randall


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9/11 and the Literature of Terror by Martin Randall

Works by Don DeLillo, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Simon Armitage and Mohsin Hamid are discussed in relation to the specific problems of writing about such a visually spectacular 'event' that has had enormous global implications. Other chapters analyse initial responses to 9/11, the intriguing tensions between fiction and non-fiction, the challenge of describing traumatic history and the ways in which the terrorist attacks have been discussed culturally in the decade since September 11.

Key Features
* Contributes to the growing literature on 9/11, presenting an over-view of some of the main texts that have represented the attacks and their aftermath
* Focus on Don DeLillo: adds to the literature surrounding this major novelist
* Focus on Martin Amis: adds to the growing critical work on this much discussed British novelist and essayist
* Man on Wire: provides a critical analysis of this Oscar winning film regarding its oblique references to 9/1

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748691197
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Randall is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. His PhD concerned the representation of the Holocaust in contemporary British fiction.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction: Eyewitnesses, Conspiracies and Baudrillard 3

1 'Beyond Belief: McEwan, DeLillo and 110 Stories 19

2 'Total Malignancy ... Militant Irony': Martin Amis, The Second Plane 45

3 You Know How it Ends': Metafiction and 9/11 in Windows on the World 63

4 'A Wing and a Prayer': Simon Armitage, Out of the Blue\p78

5 'A Certain Blurring of the Facts': Man on Wire and 9/11 88

6 'He is Consoling, She is Distraught': Men and Women and 9/11 in The Mercy Seat and The Guys 99

7 'Everything Seemed to Mean Something': Signifying 9/11 in Don DeLillo's Falling Man 120

Conclusion: 'I am a Lover of America' 131

Notes 145

Bibliography 161

Index 169

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