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'Post'-9/11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction
Uncanny Terror
 
 
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07 Dec 2012
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While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by 'post'-9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of 'post'-9/11 South Asian diasporic fictions. The novels surveyed include Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown, Hari Kunzru's Transmission, Monica Ali's Brick Lane and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundementalist. Pei-chen Liao examines how these writers represent the return of the repressed and the post-9/11 unhomely migrant experience. She argues that 9/11 is not only an American national trauma or a terrorist attack on the West, but that its aftermath also manifests the transnational and transcultural emotional transmission of terror and fear. She also discusses the diversity of the post-9/11 condition in terms of the ways that the writers think beyond 9/11 and treat the terrorist moment on 11 September as an exemplary incident that allows different temporalities and a range of personal, political, cultural, racial and gender issues to appear.


Description

While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by 'post'-9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of 'post'-9/11 South Asian diasporic fictions. The novels surveyed include Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown, Hari Kunzru's Transmission, Monica Ali's Brick Lane and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundementalist. Pei-chen Liao examines how these writers represent the return of the repressed and the post-9/11 unhomely migrant experience. She argues that 9/11 is not only an American national trauma or a terrorist attack on the West, but that its aftermath also manifests the transnational and transcultural emotional transmission of terror and fear. She also discusses the diversity of the post-9/11 condition in terms of the ways that the writers think beyond 9/11 and treat the terrorist moment on 11 September as an exemplary incident that allows different temporalities and a range of personal, political, cultural, racial and gender issues to appear.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Uncanny Violence of Strangers: Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown
Crossing the Borders of the Body Politic After 9/11: The Virus Metaphor and Autoimmunity in Hari Kunzru's Transmission
Home-land Insecurity: Unhomely Homes in Monica Ali's Brick Lane
The Post-9/11 "Return Home" Novel: Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index



Authors

PEI-CHEN LIAO is Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Her research interests include contemporary British fiction, South Asian diasporic fiction, post-9/11 fiction, postcolonialism and globalization studies. She is currently working on a project regarding contemporary South Asian diasporic 'return home' novels.