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‘Everything Seemed to Mean Something’: Signifying 9/11 in Don DeLillo's Falling Man

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/9780748638529.003.0008
‘Everything Seemed to Mean Something’: Signifying 9/11 in Don DeLillo's Falling Man

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This chapter analyses DeLillo's Falling Man, which is focused on a marriage. This novel also deals with the impulses of the characters towards helping others during a time of personal and national crisis. The chapter shows how DeLillo uses one of the characters to voice out certain political and philosophical ideas, and describes the novel as sometimes essayistic.

Keywords: Falling Man; marriage; helping others; personal crisis; national crisis; political ideas; philosophical ideas; essayistic

Chapter.  4930 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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