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The Writing of Terrorism: Contemporary American Fiction and Maurice Blanchot

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Christian Klöckner

Terrorism has long been a popular subject for American fiction writers. This book argues that terrorism in 1990s novels by Paul Auster, Philip Roth, and Bret Easton Ellis serves as a key trope to interrogate the limits of writing and the power of literature. Based on the complex literary and philosophical thought of Maurice Blanchot, this study deals with the writer’s terrorist temptation, language’s investment in violence, and literature’s negotiation of radical alterity. Auster’s, Roth’s, and Ellis’s novels elucidate contemporary political and economic developments as well as our cultural fear of, and fascination with, terrorism. The writing of terrorism can thus become the foundation of a different politics where, according to Maurice Blanchot, «there is no explosion except a book.»

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  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary theory (DSA)
      • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers (DSK)
  • Humanities (H)
    • Philosophy (HP)
      • Ethics & moral philosophy (HPQ)
  • Geographical (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (1KB)
        • USA (1KBB)
  • Languages (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • English (2AB)
        • American English (2ABM)
  • Time period (3)
    • Modern period, c 1500 onwards (3J)
      • 20th century (3JJ)
        • c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period) (3JJP)
          • c 1990 to c 2000 (3JJPR)

BISAC Classifications

  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General (LIT004130)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French (LIT004150)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German (LIT004170)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors (LIT004290)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory (LIT006000)

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  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary theory (DSA)
      • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers (DSK)
  • Philosophy & Religion (Q)
    • Philosophy (QD)
      • Topics in philosophy (QDT)
        • Ethics & moral philosophy (QDTQ)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (USA & Canada) (1KB)
        • United States of America, USA (1KBB)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Germanic & Scandinavian languages (2AC)
        • English (2ACB)
          • American English (2ACBK)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
        • Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999 (3MPQ)
          • c 1990 to c 1999 (3MPQZ)