How are the emotional effects of the September 11th terrorist attacks discussed in contemporary fiction, and what creative techniques can be used to handle this critical issue?

Smith, Elizabeth (2013) How are the emotional effects of the September 11th terrorist attacks discussed in contemporary fiction, and what creative techniques can be used to handle this critical issue? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The line between fact and fiction is a somewhat blurred one. The contrast is best embodied by novels set during real events. Intrigued as to how a momentous historical event would be handled in contemporary literature, in this essay I will look at how the emotional effects of the September 11th terrorist attacks (often referred to as 9/11) are discussed in the plots of contemporary fiction. I will examine the concept of ‘filters’, and analyse what creative techniques are used in currently published novels about 9/11 to handle the issue. I will move on to examine language use, both poetic and political, in those published works and in my own creative piece. Finally, a significant period of time has now passed since the attacks, so I will ask how soon is ‘too soon’ to casually refer to 9/11, introducing questions of taste, decency, and appropriation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 10:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14245

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