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After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11

Richard Gray

ISBN: 978-0-470-65792-8 May 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 240 Pages



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

Acknowledgments ix

1 After the Fall 1

2 Imagining Disaster 21

3 Imagining Crisis 51

4 Imagining the Transnational 85

5 Imagining the Crisis in Drama and Poetry 145

Works Cited 193

Index 211

“There an amazing richness of the material Richard Gray covers in. . . After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11After the Fall is skillfully structured and convincingly argued.”  (Hungarian Journal of English and American  Studies, 1 October 2014)

"Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (Choice, 1 January 2012)