Out of the Blue

September 11 and the Novel

Kristiaan Versluys

Columbia University Press

Out of the Blue

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Pub Date: July 2009

ISBN: 9780231149372

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Out of the Blue

September 11 and the Novel

Kristiaan Versluys

Columbia University Press

Writers have represented 9/11 and its aftermath with varying degrees of success. In Out of the Blue, Kristiaan Versluys focuses on novels that move beyond patriotic clichés and cheap sensationalism and provide new insights into the emotional and ethical impact of these traumatic events—and what it means to depict them. Versluys focuses on Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers, Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World, and John Updike's Terrorist. He scrutinizes how these writers affirm the humanity of the disoriented individual, as opposed to the cocksure killer or politician, and retranslate hesitation, stuttering, or stammering into a precarious act of defiance. Versluys also discusses works by Ian McEwan, Anita Shreve, Martin Amis, and Michael Cunningham, arguing for the novel's distinct power in rendering the devastation of 9/11.
Illuminating. Nigel Rodenhurst, Times Higher Education Supplement
Highly recommended. Choice
Acknowledgments
Introduction. 9/11: The Discursive Responses
1. American Melancholia: Don DeLillo's Falling Man
2. Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers: The Politics of Trauma
3. A Rose Is Not a Rose Is Not a Rose: History and Language in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
4. Exorcising the Ghost: Irony and Spectralization in Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World
5. September 11 and the Other
Epilogue
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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About the Author

Kristiaan Versluys is a professor of American literature and culture at Ghent University, Belgium, and a regular visiting professor at Columbia University. He is the author of The Poet in the City: Chapters in the Development of Urban Poetry in Europe and the United States and the editor of Neo-Realism in Contemporary American Fiction.