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Women's Fiction and Post-9/11 Contexts


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Contents List Acknowledgments Introduction: The Need For Real `Truth': Women Novelists after 9/11 Peter Childs, Claire Colebrook, Sebastian Groes Chapter 1: Counter-Apocalyptic, Counter-Sex: 9/11 as Event and The Year of the Flood Claire Colebrook Chapter 2: The Turn to Precarity in Twenty-First Century Fiction: Trezza Azzopardi's Remember Me Jago Morrison Chapter 3: Aesthetics, Form and Consolation in Zadie Smith's On Beauty Corina Selejan Chapter 4: Against Spectacle: International Terror and the Crisis of the Feminine Subject in the Work of Julia Kristeva and Maria Warner Heather Yeung Chapter 5: Beyond Queer Time: Later Work of Jeannette Winterson Karin Sellberg Chapter 6: The Naming of Love, or Reading Anne Enright's The Gathering against Derrida's The Politics of Friendship Ana-Karina Schneider Chapter 7: Ordinary Sublime: The Frustration of Life and Art in Rachel Cusk's Domestic Novels Peter Childs Chapter 8: Lionel Shriver's (We Need to Talk About) Kevin: The Monstrous child as Feminist and anti-American Allegory Roberta Garrett Chapter 9: Counter-discourses in Post-9/11 Muslim Women's Narratives Ruzy Suliza Hashim and Noraini Md Yusof Chapter 10: In the Light of A.L. Kennedy's Day: Post-9/11 War Rhetoric and the Traumatized Soldier Kristine Miller Chapter 11: `Please don't hate me, sensitive girl readers': Gender, Surveillance and Spectacle after 9/11 in Nicola Barker's Clear Sebastian Groes Chapter 12: `How did it come to this': Post-9/11 Statism and the Politics of J'Accuse in Kamila Shamsie's Burnt Shadows Emily Horton Index

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Peter Childs is professor of modern and contemporary English literature at Newman University. Claire Colebrook is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. Sebastian Groes is senior lecturer in English literature at Roehampton University.


This is a fascinating, wide-ranging, and intellectually stimulating over-view of a number of important contributions to post-9/11 fiction by women. The essays here cover many vital contemporary issues from Aesthetics, the Spectacle, Gender politics and the representation of Islamic experiences. The book offers provocative and radical readings of texts that have, often in subtle, oblique and symbolic ways responded to the tense, uncertain mood and atmosphere of the opening decade of the twenty-first century. -- Martin Randall, University of Gloucestershire
This remarkable volume mines an unexpected niche in the aftermath of the twenty-first century's supposed trip-wire event (or sucker's trap), "9/11," by tracking its import not in geo-politics or imperial decline but, less obviously, in women's writing-and the writing of "woman." Here it locates an unexamined corridor and portal already opening onto the era of climate change and ecocide which the former "event," to a significant degree, masked. The result is a bravado collective performance which displays, unexpectedly, the surgical import of literary thought, today, and a writing that never had signed on to the mythographies of "9/11" or to the so-called Anthropocene that has replaced it as a new, again gender-marked, Potemkin alibi of the times. -- Tom Cohen, University at Albany, State University of New York

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