Post-9/11 Literature and Culture (EASM146)

30 credits

This module invites students to explore, critique and theorise the diverse literary and visual representations that have emerged in the post-9/11 moment, from those which have been interpreted as oblique commentaries on the events, to those which confront the issues head on.  The module will take account of global literary and cultural responses to the events, emphasising interventions on the subject from the U.S., Britain and elsewhere.  It will situate selected texts, films and critical theories within their social, historical and political contexts.  Finally, it will consider the implications of the 9/11 lexicon itself (the “name-date” “September 11” or “9/11”; “Ground Zero”; “War on Terror”) and encourage students to challenge and/or rethink its parameters.