Post-9/11 Literature and Media (abstracts due January 31, 2014)

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Paul Petrovic
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I seek proposed chapters for a collection of essays tackling emergent post-9/11 literature and media. An academic publisher has already expressed interest in this collection.

While several books already exist that cover post-9/11 literature, they typically camp out on the usual suspects (Don DeLillo's Falling Man, Jonathan Safran Foer, Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass). In contrast, the primary aim of this collection is to broaden that coverage by gathering together articles on newer fiction and examining how these diverse texts complicate and expand upon the initial wave of post-9/11 media.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Stephen King's Under the Dome (2009)
Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector (2010)
Jonathan Franzen's Freedom (2010)
Don DeLillo's Point Omega (2010)
Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris's Ex Machina (2004-10)
Colson Whitehead's Zone One (2011)
Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced (2012)
Kevin Powers's The Yellow Birds (2012)
Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2012)
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch (2013)

I am especially interested in articles that respond to 9/11 via contemporary films and ethnic fiction. This literature and media responds to the charges of American exceptionalism promulgated by the first set of texts (DeLillo, Foer, Stone, Greengrass), but interrogates them more exhaustively within a precise and more intentionally and internationally minded socio-cultural perspective.

Please send proposals of 500 words and a brief biography, in either *.rtf (rich text format) or *.doc (MS Word document format), to editor Paul Petrovic ( by January 31, 2014. Selected authors will be notified by February 7, 2014. Please note that invitation to submit a full essay does not guarantee inclusion in the volume. Full articles (6000-8000 words) will be expected by April 30, 2014.