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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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‘He is Consoling, She is Distraught’: Men and Women and 9/11 in The Mercy Seat and The Guys

‘He is Consoling, She is Distraught’: Men and Women and 9/11 in The Mercy Seat and The Guys

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(p.99) Chapter 6 ‘He is Consoling, She is Distraught’: Men and Women and 9/11 in The Mercy Seat and The Guys
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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/9780748638529.003.0007

This chapter discusses the common motifs of marriage and male/female relationships in 9/11 writing. It notes that there have been criticisms that American writers are turning away from the political consequences of the attacks, and argues that 9/11 discourses have been dominated by cultural anxieties concerning masculinity and femininity. It examines the plays The Mercy Seat and The Guys, which both utilise the male/female relationships in order to study the immediate aftermath of 9/11, although in markedly different ways.

Keywords:   marriage, male/female relationships, 9/11 writing, political consequences, cultural anxieties, aftermath of 9/11

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