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: Katabasis in the Twenty-First Century

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617630
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.003.0010
: Katabasis in the Twenty-First Century

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This chapter studies the events of September 11, which is a recent and historical example of an infernal encounter that is being changed into the narrative of a journey of descent and return. It presents some suggestions on how the political responses to September 11 may be interpreted as efforts to narrativise the experience of Hell which was suffered that day.

Keywords: September 11; infernal encounter; political responses; narrativise

Chapter.  3574 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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