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‘He is Consoling, She is Distraught’: Men and Women and 9/11 in The Mercy Seat and The Guys

Martin Randall

in 9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651825 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.003.0007
‘He is Consoling, She is Distraught’: Men and Women and 9/11 in The Mercy Seat and The Guys

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This chapter discusses the common motifs of marriage and male/female relationships in 9/11 writing. It notes that there have been criticisms that American writers are turning away from the political consequences of the attacks, and argues that 9/11 discourses have been dominated by cultural anxieties concerning masculinity and femininity. It examines the plays The Mercy Seat and The Guys, which both utilise the male/female relationships in order to study the immediate aftermath of 9/11, although in markedly different ways.

Keywords: marriage; male/female relationships; 9/11 writing; political consequences; cultural anxieties; aftermath of 9/11

Chapter.  9751 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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