After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
After the Fall presents a timely and provocative examination of the impact and implications of 9/11 and the war on terror on American culture and literature.
- Presents the first detailed interrogation of U.S. writing in a time of crisis
- Develops a timely and provocative arguement about literature and trauma
- Relates U.S. writing since 9/11 to crucial social and historical changes in the U.S. and elsewhere
- Places U.S. writing in the context of the transformed position of the U.S. in a world characterized by political, economic, and military crisis; transnational drift; the resurgence of religious fundamentalism; and the apparent triumph of global capitalism
1 After the Fall.
2 Imagining Disaster.
3 Imagining Crisis.
4 Imagining the Transnational.
5 Imagining the Crisis in Drama and Poetry.
Richard Gray is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex and former Distinguished Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the United States. He is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy and has published over a dozen books on the topic, including the award-winning Writing the South (Ideas of an American Region (1986) and The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography (1994). His History of American Literature is widely considered to be one of the standard works on the subject.