Extending the study of post-9/11 literature to include transnational perspectives, this book explores the ways in which contemporary writers from Europe as well as the USA have responded to the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the ensuing 'war on terror.' Transatlantic Fictions of 9/11 and the 'War on Terror' demonstrates the ways in which contemporary fiction has wrestled with anxieties about national and international security in the 21st century. Reading a wide range of vels by such writers as Amy Waldman, Michael Cunningham, Frederic Beigbeder, Ian McEwan, Joseph O'Neill, Moshin Hamid, Jose Saramago, Ricardo Menendez Salmon, J.M. Coetzee and Salman Rushdie, Susana Araujo explores how the rhetoric of the 'war on terror' has shaped recent representations of the city and how security discourses circulate transatlantically and transnationally. By focusing t only on 9/11 but also on the way subsequent events such as the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq are represented in fiction, this book demonstrates how tions of terror and insecurity have been absorbed, reworked or critiqued in fiction. Araujo examines to what extent transatlantic relations have reinforced or challenged new fictions of white western middle class captivity.
Susana Araujo is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Comparative Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is the author of the poetry book, Divida Soberana (2012) and of numerous articles in recognised journals. She co-edited the books, Trans/American, Trans/oceanic, Trans/lation (2010), Insegurancas no Espaco Urbano (2012) and Fear and Fantasy in a Global World (2015) as well as several special issues in international periodicals.