Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

(An) Unsettled Commons: Narrative and Trauma after 9/11
by Kattemalavadi, Chinmayi, Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2017, 173; 10261366
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines fictional responses to the events of September 11, 2001. It argues for the importance of one kind of fictional response, one which focuses on representing the feeling of "unsettledness" that can be one effect of trauma, with the aim of making that unsettledness itself a locus of a shared common experience. I posit that in articulating the events of 9/11 in the context of, in relation to, and as one in a series of traumas, violences, and histories, these narratives make the unsettlements shareable. Focusing on four works of fiction that were published after 9/11—Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Oscar Wao), Teju Cole’s Open City, and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad (Goon Squad)—I explore representations of the effects of and the attempts to cope with traumatic experiences including 9/11 itself.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Flatley, Jonathan
Commitee: Chandra, Sarika, Hoogland, Renee, Pease, Donald
School: Wayne State University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Comparative literature, Literature, American literature
Keywords: Commons, Narration, Trauma, Unsettledness
Publication Number: 10261366
ISBN: 9780355219852
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