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Stock Characters in 9/11 Fiction

Homosociality and Nihilist Performance

Sandra Singer

Stock Characters in 9/11 Fiction considers fictional work of the time subsequent to the attacks. The book develops and investigates models of stock characters in 9/11 fiction who promote the trauma meme within a narrative arc of tragedy; the conceptual evolution of trauma and media as thematic arcs is interpreted within specific 9/11 novels and in correspondence with other terrorist fiction. The almost exclusively male stock character protagonists include the male homosocial perpetrator and the tightrope walker. Among the more recent authors discussed are Amy Waldman and Thomas Pynchon, whose novels illustrate the way characters inhabit media models, rather than, as previously thought, using media for disseminating terrorist events and messaging. Other featured writers include Bernhard Schlink, Don DeLillo, Claire Messud, Ian McEwan, Joseph O’Neill, and Colum McCann. Stock Characters in 9/11 Fiction is a valuable text for scholars of 9/11 fiction, as well as for professors and university students studying contemporary literature.

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Names: Singer, Sandra, author. Title: Stock characters in 9/11 fiction: homosociality and nihilist performance / Sandra Singer. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018056001 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4940-5 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4941-2 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4942-9 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-4943-6 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Psychic trauma in literature. | Characters and characteristics in literature. Fiction—21st century—History and criticism. September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001—Influence. Classification: LCC PN3352.T73 S57 2019 | DDC [TBA] LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b15038

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