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Hell in Contemporary LiteratureWestern Descent Narratives since 1945$
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Rachel Falconer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617630

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.001.0001

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: Katabasis in the Twenty-First Century

: Katabasis in the Twenty-First Century

(p.224) Epilogue: Katabasis in the Twenty-First Century
Hell in Contemporary Literature

Rachel Falconer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies the events of September 11, which is a recent and historical example of an infernal encounter that is being changed into the narrative of a journey of descent and return. It presents some suggestions on how the political responses to September 11 may be interpreted as efforts to narrativise the experience of Hell which was suffered that day.

Keywords:   September 11, infernal encounter, political responses, narrativise

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