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The Writing of Terrorism: Contemporary American Fiction and Maurice Blanchot

Christian Kloeckner
Format
Book
Published
Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, [2017]
Language
English
Series
Transcription, Cultures, Concepts, Controversies
ISBN
3631714106, 9783631714102, 9783631714263, 9783631714270, 9783631714287
Summary
Terrorism has long been a popular subject for American fiction writers. This book argues that terrorism in 1990s novels by Paul Auster, Philip Roth, and Bret Easton Ellis serves as a key trope to interrogate the limits of writing and the power of literature. Based on the complex literary and philosophical thought of Maurice Blanchot, this study deals with the writer's terrorist temptation, language's investment in violence, and literature's negotiation of radical alterity. Auster's, Roth's, and Elllis's novels elucidate contemporary political and economic developments as well as our cultural fear of, and fascination with, terrorism. The writing of terrorism can thus become the foundation of a different politics where, according to Maurice Blanchot, "there is no explosion except a book".
Description
256 pages ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-256).
Series Statement
Transcription, cultures, concepts, controversies, 1613-8414 ; Vol. 10
Transcription, cultures, concepts, controversies ; 10. 1613-8414
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