Indecorous responses to 9/11 in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Ken Kalfus’s a disorder peculiar to the country, and Jess Walter’s the zero

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This chapter considers indecorous responses to atrocity as they are portrayed in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Ken Kalfus’s A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, and Jess Walter’s The Zero. Naydan argues that Hamid, Kalfus, and Walter, respectively, portray 9/11 as an event to be smiled at, celebrated, and capitalized upon in order to explore a space between utter grief and terrorist celebration of 9/11‘s success at toppling symbols of American capitalism. Their representations of indecorous responses function to critique American capitalism, and they, too, help to establish 9/11 as a quintessentially late-late capitalist aesthetic moment characterized by paradox and uncertainty. Although a clear need for social justice and socially just ways of thinking and being emerges in 9/11‘s wake, no clear path for twenty-first century citizens to attain it exists-at least not beyond that which reading fiction as rhetoric might provide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTerror in Global Narrative
Subtitle of host publicationRepresentations of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages37-54
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319406541
ISBN (Print)9783319406534
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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