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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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Conclusion: ‘I am a Lover of America’

Conclusion: ‘I am a Lover of America’

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(p.131) Conclusion: ‘I am a Lover of America’
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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/9780748638529.003.0009

This chapter concludes that 9/11 has presented both writers and filmmakers with problems of representation. It shows the huge number of novels, films, poems, and plays that have been created during the ten years after the attacks. It emphasises the sense that these representations of the attacks are moving away from the ‘mythologising’, ‘commemorative’ and ‘sacralising’ discourses that have controlled how 9/11 has been spoken and written about. The chapter also examines Pankaj Mishra's essay, and proposes that the attacks will still figure in fiction in the future, albeit in more problematic and politicised ways.

Keywords:   9/11, problems of representation, mythologising, sacralising, commemorative discourses, Pankaj Mishra

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