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Literature after 9/11

ISBN 9780415883986
Published June 7, 2010 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on trauma theory, genre theory, political theory, and theories of postmodernity, space, and temporality, Literature After 9/11 suggests ways that these often distinct discourses can be recombined and set into dialogue with one another as it explores 9/11’s effects on literature and literature’s attempts to convey 9/11.

Table of Contents



Ann Keniston, University of Nevada Reno, and Jeanne Follansbee Quinn,

Harvard University

Part One: Experiencing 9/11: Space, Temporality, and the Incommensurable Event

Chapter 1: "’Portraits of Grief’: Telling Details and the Testimony of Trauma," Nancy

K. Miller, Graduate Center, CUNY

Chapter 2: "‘Curtains of Ash’: Poetry, 9/11 and Time," Jeffrey Gray, Seton Hall


Chapter 3: "‘Sometimes Things Disappear’: Absence and Mutability in Colson

Whitehead’s The Colossus of New York," Stephanie Li, University of Rochester

Chapter 4: "Finding Time after 9/11: The Frustrated Forms of Spiegelman and

Foer," Mitchum Huehls, UCLA

Chapter 5: "Witnessing 9/11: Art Spiegelman and the Persistence of Trauma," Richard

Glezjer, North Central College

Part Two: 9/11 Politics and the Ideology of Form

Chapter 6: "Still Life: 9/11’s Falling Bodies," Laura Frost, Yale University

Chapter 7: "‘We’re not a friggin’ girl band’: September 11, Masculinity and the

British-American Relationship in David Hare’s Stuff Happens and Ian McEwan’s Saturday," Rebecca Carpenter, McDaniel College

Chapter 8: "Portraits 9/11/01: The New York Times and the Pornography of Grief,"

Simon Stow, College of William and Mary, and Ara Osterweil, Muhlenberg


Chapter 9: "Graphic Implosion: Politics, Time, and Value in Post-9/11 Comics," Simon

Cooper, Monash University, and Paul Atkinson, Monash University

Chapter 10: "‘Big brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing’: The Virus

of Language and the Politics of Self-Censorship in Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby," Lance Allen Rubin, Arapahoe Community College

Part Three: Aftermath: 9/11 and the Literary Tradition

Chapter 11: "Telling It Like It Isn’t," David Simpson, UC Davis

Chapter 12: "Seeing Terror, Feeling Art: Public and Private in Post-9/11 Literature,"

Michael Rothberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

Chapter 13: "Theater after 9/11," Robert Brustein, American Repertory Theater and

Harvard University

Chapter 14: "‘Looking backward in order to look forward’: Truth-Telling in the 9/11

Commission Report," Zachary Weir, Miami University

Chapter 15: "The Plot Against America as 9/11 Prosthesis," Chuck Lewis, Beloit College

Afterword: "Dates and Words"

Robert Pinsky, Boston University

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Ann Keniston is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nevada-Reno, and is the author of Overheard Voices: Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry (Routledge 2006), and a poetry collection, The Caution of Human Gestures (David Robert, 2005).

Jeanne Follansbee Quinn is director of studies for the Program in History and Literature at Harvard University and has published essays on James Agee and Walker Evans, Richard Wright and American pragmatism. She is completing a book on anti-fascist aesthetics in the United States during the 1930s, Democratic Aesthetics: Popular Front Anti-Fascism.