Topologies of Fear in Contemporary Fiction The Anxieties of Post-Nationalism and Counter Terrorism

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  • Copyright: 2015-07-31
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Unlike other studies which have focused mainly on the response to the 9/11 attacks in writing from the United States, Topologies of Fear in Contemporary Fiction is global and comparative in its approach. It emphasizes the depiction in twentieth-century fiction of the transnational character of terrorism and counterterrorism throughout the 20th century, rather than only the response to the 9/11 attacks. The book examines what critical tools are available from contemporary literary theory and critical legal studies to develop what the book calls 'anti-terror discourse critique.' This is an important text for scholars and students of literature, cultural studies, studies of media and visual culture, and critical legal philosophy.

Author Biography

Scott McClintock is an Associate Professor of Arts and Humanities at National University in California, USA. His previous publications include chapters in books such as Hemingway, Cuba and the Cuban Works (Kent State UP, 2014), Pynchon's California (co-editor, University of Iowa Press, 2014) and articles in journals including Comparative Literature Studies, South Asian Review and Clio: A Journal of Philosophy and History.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Geography of Anger and the Diaspora of Terrorism
2.Guantánamo Confidential: Inscription of the Subject In Literature and Law, and Detainees as Legal Non-Persons at Camp X-Ray
3. Travels Outside the Empire: The Revision of Subaltern Historiography in Amitav Ghosh
4. Images for a Godless World: Violence After the Sacred in the Millennial Indian Novel
5.The Sublime Object of Terror in Thomas Pynchon
6.Looking Backward at Joseph McElroy's Lookout Cartridge: Mining Neural Neighborhoods and Social Networks in Postmodern Fiction
Conclusion: Four Covering Principles for the Time of Terrorism
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