'Post'-9/11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction: Uncanny Terror

Hardcover | December 7, 2012

byPei-Chen Liao

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While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by "post" -9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of "post" -9/11 South Asian diasporic fictions. The novels surveyed include Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown, Hari Kunzru's Transmission, Monica Ali's Brick Lane and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundementalist. Pei-chen Liao examines how these writers represent the return of the repressed and the post-9/11 unhomely migrant experience. She argues that 9/11 is not only an American national trauma or a terrorist attack on the West, but that its aftermath also manifests the transnational and transcultural emotional transmission of terror and fear. She also discusses the diversity of the post-9/11 condition in terms of the ways that the writers think beyond 9/11 and treat the terrorist moment on 11 September as an exemplary incident that allows different temporalities and a range of personal, political, cultural, racial and gender issues to appear.

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While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by "post" -9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of "post" -9/11 South Asian diasporic...

PEI-CHEN LIAO is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 10.83 × 5.68 × 0.78 inPublished:December 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230349684

ISBN - 13:9780230349681

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Acknowledgements Introduction The Uncanny Violence of Strangers: Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown Crossing the Borders of the Body Politic After 9/11: The Virus Metaphor and Autoimmunity in Hari Kunzru's Transmission Home-land Insecurity: Unhomely Homes in Monica Ali's Brick Lane The Post-9/11 "Return Home" Novel: Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index