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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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‘Everything Seemed to Mean Something’: Signifying 9/11 in Don DeLillo's Falling Man

‘Everything Seemed to Mean Something’: Signifying 9/11 in Don DeLillo's Falling Man

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(p.120) Chapter 7 ‘Everything Seemed to Mean Something’: Signifying 9/11 in Don DeLillo's Falling Man
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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/9780748638529.003.0008

This chapter analyses DeLillo's Falling Man, which is focused on a marriage. This novel also deals with the impulses of the characters towards helping others during a time of personal and national crisis. The chapter shows how DeLillo uses one of the characters to voice out certain political and philosophical ideas, and describes the novel as sometimes essayistic.

Keywords:   Falling Man, marriage, helping others, personal crisis, national crisis, political ideas, philosophical ideas, essayistic

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