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Mark Brown

what bearing will these events have on his work in the future? The Brooklyn Follies ended with these lines: It was eight o’clock when I stepped out onto the street, eight o’clock on the morning of September 11, 2001 – just forty-six minutes before the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Just two hours after that, the smoke of three thousand incinerated bodies would drift toward Brooklyn and come pouring down on us in a white cloud of ashes and death. But for now it was still eight o’clock, and as I walked along the avenues under the

in Paul Auster
David Alderson

’s reflections in About Time: Narrative, fiction and the philosophy of time (Edinburgh: Gilmour and Schwarz, End of Empire and the English Novel.indd 235 18/07/2011 11:14:38 236 en d of e m pi r e a n d t he engl i sh nov el si nce 1945 Edinburgh University Press, 2007), pp. 124–32. Peggy A. Knapp considers the novel to be hyperrealist, characterised by ‘over-specification’: ‘Ian McEwan’s Saturday and the aesthetics of prose’, Novel 41: 1 (2007), pp. 122–43. 14 Fred Halliday, ‘September 11, 2001, and the Greater West Asian crisis’ in his Two Hours That Shook the World

in End of empire and the English novel since 1945
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Cultural credibility in America's Ireland - and Ireland's America
Tara Stubbs

/06/2013 17:11 Cultural credibility in America’s Ireland – and Ireland’s America 217  7 Diane Negra, ‘Irishness, innocence, and American identity politics before and after September 11’, in The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity, and Popular Culture, ed. Negra. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2006, pp. 354–71 (354).   8 Negra, introduction, The Irish in Us, pp. 1–19 (3).   9 Mary McGlynn, ‘New Irish New York: contemporary Irish constructions of New York City’, in Ireland and Transatlantic Poetics, ed. Brian Caraher and Robert Mahony. New Jersey: Rosemont

in American literature and Irish culture, 1910–55
Gendering the foreigner in Emer Martin’s Baby Zero
Wanda Balzano

specifically, religious nationalism at home, both in the past and in the present. Martin started Baby Zero in the year 2000, while she was living in the US and where she witnessed, first-hand, the September 11 attacks in 2001 that transformed the site of the World Trade Center into Ground Zero. She also witnessed the American military response to these attacks in the name of nationalism and religion (McKay, 2009). Those were also the years in which great scandal about the Magdalene Asylums culminated in Ireland. In the 2002 Peter Mullan film entitled Magdalene Sisters, the

in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
Rewriting history and retreating from trauma in The Plot Against America
David Brauner

more memorable and psychologically acute than most of the journalism generated by September 11’ (McInerney 2005: 6). This last comment comes from ‘The uses of invention’, an article in which McInerney defended the right of novelists to deal with this material. He suggests that the attacks on Foer are evidence of the fickleness of literary fashion, conforming to a predictable pattern in American letters where feverish hype of a writer’s reputation is swiftly succeeded by brutal deflation: ‘The culture still seems to require precocious first novelists . . . we tend to

in Philip Roth
Saturday
Dominic Head

February 2005), pp. 21–2 (p. 22); Ruth Scurr, ‘Happiness on a Knife-edge’ (review of Saturday ), The Times, ‘Weekend Review’ (29 January 2005), p. 13; Peter Kemp, ‘Master of the Mind Game’ (review of Saturday ), Sunday Times, ‘Culture’ (30 January 2005), pp. 41–2 (p. 42). 5 Robert McCrum, ‘The Story of His Life’ (author profile), The Observer, ‘Review’ (23 January 2005), p. 5. 6 See Fred Halliday, Two Hours That Shook the World, September 11, 2001: Causes and Consequences (London: Saqi Books, 2002), p. 24. 7 Ibid., p. 216. 8 Ibid., pp. 172–3. 9 From McEwan’s front

in Ian McEwan
Political and aesthetic disruption in Against the Day
Simon Malpas and Andrew Taylor

Samuel Thomas, ‘Metković to Mostar: Pynchon and the Balkans’, Textual Practice 24.2 (2010): 353–77 (356). 35 See, for instance, Martin Randall, 9/11 and the Literature of Terror, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011; Ann Keniston and Jeanne Follansbee Quinn, eds, Literature After 9/11, London: Routledge, 2010; Richard Gray, After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11, Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, 2011; and Kristiaan Versluys, Out of the Blue: September 11 and the Novel, New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. 36 Jean Baudrillard, The Spirit of Terrorism

in Thomas Pynchon
Andrew Teverson

States publication of Fury coincided with the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This led Rushdie to claim that it was the only novel in the history of writing that had become ‘out of date’ at the same moment it was published, since that event had changed the world about which he was writing. 62 ‘Like every writer in the world’, Rushdie claimed, he is now ‘trying to find a way of writing after 11 September 2001, a day that has become something like a borderline’ (SAL, 436). Rushdie’s ninth novel, Shalimar the Clown (2005), is the first

in Salman Rushdie
Susan Watkins

significance to Lessing. In October 2007 she was quoted around the world after an interview in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais , in which she remarked: September 11 was terrible, but if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn’t that terrible. Some Americans will think I’m crazy. Many people died, two prominent buildings fell, but it was neither as terrible nor as extraordinary as they think. They’re a very naive people, or they pretend to be. Do you know what people forget? That the IRA attacked with bombs

in Doris Lessing
International man of stories
Peter Morey

proposals of ethical justice brought forth by the reading.10 In addition to the various literary prizes Mistry’s writing has won, further recognition came in December 2001, when A Fine Balance was chosen to feature on Oprah Winfrey’s television ‘Book Club’. According to Mistry’s Canadian agent, Bruce Westwood, ‘After September 11, Oprah wanted a Book Club choice that would introduce American readers to the east’.11 Ironically, less than a year later, this most unassuming and tolerant of writers felt compelled to abandon a promotional tour of the United States for his new

in Rohinton Mistry