Ten Years of Trauma: The Representation of 9/11 Trauma in Fiction between 2005 and 2015
This thesis focuses on the representation of 9/11 trauma in fiction published between 2005 and 2015. The main question that will be answered in this thesis is: to what extent and in which ways does the representation of the 9/11 trauma change in fiction published between 2005 and 2015? The field of trauma studies will be connected to representations of 9/11 and the commemoration of the attack in 2011, literary techniques, and symptoms of trauma, such as survivor guilt and ambiguous loss, to form a theoretical framework that will serve to analyse the two novels written before 2011, The Writing on the Wall (2005) by Lynne Sharon Schwartz and Falling Man (2007) by Don DeLillo, and the two novels that were published after 2011, The Submission (2011) by Amy Waldman and Bleeding Edge (2013) by Thomas Pynchon. The aim is to analyse the novels closely to determine if there are similarities to be found in the representation of the 9/11 trauma, or if the ten-year marking of the event and the opening of the memorial in 2011 marked a shift or change in the representation of this trauma.
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