Out of the Blue: September 11 and the Novel

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byKristiaan Versluys

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Writers have represented 9/11 and its aftermath with varying degrees of success. In Out of the Blue , Kristiaan Versluys focuses on novels that move beyond patriotic clichés and cheap sensationalism and provide new insights into the emotional and ethical impact of these traumatic events& mdash;and what it means to depict them. Versluys focuses on Don DeLillo's Falling Man , Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers , Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close , Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World , and John Updike's Terrorist . He scrutinizes how these writers affirm the humanity of the disoriented individual, as opposed to the cocksure killer or politician, and retranslate hesitation, stuttering, or stammering into a precarious act of defiance. Versluys also discusses works by Ian McEwan, Anita Shreve, Martin Amis, and Michael Cunningham, arguing for the novel's distinct power in rendering the devastation of 9/11.

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Writers have represented 9/11 and its aftermath with varying degrees of success. In Out of the Blue , Kristiaan Versluys focuses on novels that move beyond patriotic clichés and cheap sensationalism and provide new insights into the emotional and ethical impact of these traumatic events& mdash;and what it means to depict them. Versluys...

Kristiaan Versluys is a professor of American literature and culture at Ghent University, Belgium, and a regular visiting professor at Columbia University. He is the author of The Poet in the City: Chapters in the Development of Urban Poetry in Europe and the United States and the editor of Neo-Realism in Contemporary American Ficti...
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231520336

ISBN - 13:9780231520331

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. 9/11: The Discursive Responses
1. American Melancholia: Don DeLillo's Falling Man
2. Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers: The Politics of Trauma
3. A Rose Is Not a Rose Is Not a Rose: History and Language in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
4. Exorcising the Ghost: Irony and Spectralization in Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World
5. September 11 and the Other
Epilogue
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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