Women's fiction and post-9/11 contexts


Women's fiction and post-9/11 contexts

edited by Peter Childs, Claire Colebrook, and Sebastian Groes

Lexington Books, c2015

  • : cloth

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Includes bibliographical references and index



9/11 is not simple a date on the calendar but marks a distinct historical threshold, ushering in the war on terror, various states of emergency, a supposed "clash of civilizations," and the putative legitimation of counter-democratic procedures ranging from extraordinary renditions to enhanced interrogation. Perhaps no date, since Virginia Woolf declared that "on or about December 1910 human character changed," has marked such a singular point in the perception of time, identity and nature. Women's writing has always been something of a counter-canon, offering modes of voice and point of view beyond that of the "man" of reason. This collection of essays explores the two problems of what it means to write as a woman and what it means to write in the twenty-first century.


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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