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9/11 and the Literature of Terror$
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Martin Randall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638529

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.001.0001

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‘Total Malignancy … Militant Irony’: Martin Amis, The Second Plane

‘Total Malignancy … Militant Irony’: Martin Amis, The Second Plane

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(p.45) Chapter 2 ‘Total Malignancy … Militant Irony’: Martin Amis, The Second Plane
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9/11 and the Literature of Terror
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Martin Randall

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.003.0003

This chapter examines Martin Amis' The Second Plane, which is a collection of most of his journalism and stories that were inspired by the attacks. It examines how Amis' criticism and fiction are intertwined, as well as his use of parody in ‘The Last Days of Muhammad Atta’. This chapter views The Second Plane as a fascinating reflection of a writer who is struggling to find ways to speak about the event.

Keywords:   Martin Amis, The Second Plane, parody, The Last Days of Muhammad Atta

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