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The Writing of Terrorism: Contemporary American Fiction and Maurice Blanchot

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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."

Product code: 9783631714102

ISBN 9783631714102
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H210xW148
Series Transcription
Edition New edition
No. Of Pages 256
Publisher Peter Lang AG
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 thought of Maurice Blanchot, this study explores the writer's terrorist temptation, literature's negotiation of radical alterity, and novelistic elucidations of terrorism.