By Richard Gray
After the Fall offers a well timed and provocative exam of the influence and implications of Sep 11 and the conflict on terror on American tradition and literature.
- Presents the 1st certain 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 due to the fact 11th of September to the most important social and historic alterations within the U.S. and in other places
- Places U.S. writing within the context of the reworked place of the U.S. in a global characterised by way of political, monetary, and armed forces main issue; transnational waft; the resurgence of non secular fundamentalism; and the obvious triumph of worldwide capitalism
Chapter 1 After the autumn (pages 1–19):
Chapter 2 Imagining catastrophe (pages 21–50):
Chapter three Imagining problem (pages 51–83):
Chapter four Imagining the Transnational (pages 85–143):
Chapter five Imagining the drawback in Drama and Poetry (pages 145–192):
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Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery. indd 47 1/13/2011 7:13:51 PM Imagining Disaster Characteristically, this could be a memory of the unnamed father or the elusive author or both. It hardly seems to matter. What matters is the series of tensions on which this passage, and the novel it concludes, are built: between the recognition of passing and the remembering of an ardent vitality; the specificity of a mapped and known world and the resonance of one that remains insubstantial, unknown, and unknowable; the acknowledgment of human insignificance and the assertion of at least the will to meaning.
He didn’t answer. He went into the bathroom and threw the lightswitch but the power was already gone. A dull rose glow in the windowglass. (45) The disaster that has visited this landscape is much more generalized, however, more allegorized than this passage read in isolation might suggest; and the general contours of the landscape through which father and son travel are those, after all, of surreal nightmare – a variation, not only on the Eliotic waste land, but also on the darkness visible in the poetry of Dante and Milton and the prose of Celine.
The world shrinking down about a raw core of parsible entities. The names of things slowly following those things into oblivion. Colors. 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.