Conclusion: ‘I am a Lover of America’

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:
Conclusion: ‘I am a Lover of America’

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This chapter concludes that 9/11 has presented both writers and filmmakers with problems of representation. It shows the huge number of novels, films, poems, and plays that have been created during the ten years after the attacks. It emphasises the sense that these representations of the attacks are moving away from the ‘mythologising’, ‘commemorative’ and ‘sacralising’ discourses that have controlled how 9/11 has been spoken and written about. The chapter also examines Pankaj Mishra's essay, and proposes that the attacks will still figure in fiction in the future, albeit in more problematic and politicised ways.

Keywords: 9/11; problems of representation; mythologising; sacralising; commemorative discourses; Pankaj Mishra

Chapter.  6201 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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