Transatlantic Fictions of 9/11 and the War on Terror: Images of Insecurity, Narratives of Captivity - New Horizons in Contemporary Writing (Hardback)Susana Araujo (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm
Araujo's attentiveness to the intertwined relationship between the concepts of 'terror' and 'security' in relation to the generic form of the captivity narrative, combined with her careful consideration of novels normally positioned outside of the canon of 9/11 literature, ensures that Transatlantic Fictions is an important text for those considering the wider issues of citizenship, urban space and visual politics in contemporary fiction. * Literature & History *
Araujo places 9/11 novels in a continuum of European and American captivity narratives born of perceived or actual threats to personal safety, cultural identity, and national security. Especially compelling is her assertion that Western captivity narratives invert the roles of captor and captive by configuring the Western subject as captive to amorphous sources of terror. ... This erudite, accessible study provides a vital perspective on a complex nexus of transnational issues, ideologies, and fictions. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *
Susana Araujo's incisive and convincing study, Transatlantic Fictions of 9/11 and the War on Terror: Images of Insecurity, Narratives of Captivity ... views the 9/11 novel as contributing to a long and diverse literary history of European and American captivity narratives ... Araujo's erudite and highly useful study illuminates how contemporary 9/11 fictions are reversing the role of captor and captive to depict Western subjects as being exceptionally vulnerable to global acts of terror and violence. With original close readings of critically acclaimed novels, this study offers new directions for further research into how the boundaries of the 9/11 novel may be expanded to account for US conceptions, both historical and contemporary, about its own vulnerability amidst territorial occupation and intervention. * Journal of American Culture *
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