By Richard Gray
'After the Fall' offers a well timed and provocative exam of the impression and implications of September 11 and the battle on terror on American tradition and literature.
• offers the 1st specified interrogation of U.S. writing in a time of difficulty
• Develops a well timed and provocative arguement approximately literature and trauma
• Relates U.S. writing because September 11 to an important social and ancient alterations within the U.S. and in other places
• areas U.S. writing within the context of the reworked place of the U.S. in a global characterised by way of political, financial, and armed forces obstacle; transnational flow; the resurgence of non secular fundamentalism; and the obvious triumph of world capitalism
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The names of birds. Things to eat. Finally the names of things one believed to be true. More fragile than he would have thought. How much was gone already? The sacred idiom shorn of its referents and so of its reality. Drawing down like something trying to preserve heat. In time to wink out forever. indd 40 1/13/2011 7:13:51 PM Imagining Disaster verbal interstices. And a similar ghostliness or elusiveness typifies the world through which McCarthy’s travellers make their way. At the beginning of the novel, for example, father and son are in an area of woods and mountains where the winters are too bitter to survive without shelter.
After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11 by Richard Gray