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By Richard Gray

'After the Fall' offers a well timed and provocative exam of the impression and implications of 9-11 and the conflict on terror on American tradition and literature.

• provides the 1st special interrogation of U.S. writing in a time of drawback
• Develops a well timed and provocative arguement approximately literature and trauma
• Relates U.S. writing seeing that September 11 to the most important social and ancient alterations within the U.S. and somewhere else
• locations U.S. writing within the context of the reworked place of the U.S. in a global characterised by way of political, financial, and army situation; transnational flow; the resurgence of spiritual fundamentalism; and the obvious triumph of worldwide capitalism

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Dori Laub, a Holocaust survivor and a therapist and so no stranger to trauma, called 9/11 “a story in search of a voice” (Laub, 214). ” asks another observer, James Berger of 9/11. “Nothing adequate, nothing corresponding in language could stand for it;” nevertheless,“immediately people tried to name it” (Berger, 54), even if much of that naming assumed the form of the gestural (“the thing,” “the event”), the coded (“9/11,” “Ground Zero”) or simple repetition – a repetition that, as Jacques Derrida pointed out in his meditation on 9/11, was simply a strategy for “neutralising, deadening, distancing a traumatism” (Borradori, 87) and denying powerlessness.

S. Immigration Policy and the American Economy Washington, DC:American University Press, 1994; Roger Daniels, Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life New York: Harper Collins, 1990; Geoffrey Passel and Barry Edmonston, Immigration and Race: Recent Trends in Immigration to the United States Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 1992. edu/class/ history/asu-imm; H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online – H-Ethnic: www. org. J. starbulletin. stm. ” (Shell, 3) And then there are the cataclysmic events of 11th September and their aftermath.

We can,” as he puts it, continue to promote a global economic system of unlimited “free trade” among corporations, held together by long and highly vulnerable lines of communication and supply, but now recognizing that such a system will have to be protected by a hugely expensive police-force that will be world-wide (4). Alternatively, we can promote a decentralized world economy which would have the aim of assuring to every nation and region a local self-sufficiency in life-supporting goods (4).

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