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The Quiet Contemporary American Novel$
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Rachel Sykes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526108876

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.001.0001

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‘9/11’ and the noise of contemporary fiction

‘9/11’ and the noise of contemporary fiction

(p.48) 2 ‘9/11’ and the noise of contemporary fiction
The Quiet Contemporary American Novel

Rachel Sykes

Manchester University Press

This chapter engages with the problem of ‘event’ as a noisy narrative device and discusses the opposition of quiet texts to narratives written in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, an event that heralded to many the beginning of a noisy century. Exploring the dynamic between loud and quiet modes of writing, this chapter argues that noise is often favoured in situations that seem to be unprecedented and that the residual association of quiet with silence is, then, an important factor in the former’s continued association with inaction.

Keywords:   9/11 fiction, Terrorism, Trauma, Quiet, Noise, Urban, Derrida, The event

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