Introduction: Fiction’s First Responders

  • Lenore Bell


The post-9/11 blood-banking crisis serves as an analogy for 9/11-related fictional output. Introduces concepts of First World complacency, mortality salience, and innocence. The books discussed include The Good Life by Jay McInerney, Falling Man by Don DeLillo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Terrorist by John Updike, Netherland by Joseph O’Neill, Atta by Jarret Kobek, and The Submission by Amy Waldman.


9/11 critical race theory blood Cold War whiteness innocence literature New York City the Other stereotypes Washington, DC Shanksville George W. Bush terror management theory PTSD All-American masculinity Blue state Red state capitalism Judith Butler Slavoj Žižek “If you see something, say something” 


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  • Lenore Bell
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  1. 1.St AndrewsFifeUnited Kingdom

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