The “Ruins of the Future”: Counter-Narratives to. Terrorism in the 9/11 Literature of Don DeLillo,. Jonathan Safran Foer, and Ian McEwan. Matthew Francis. Don DeLillo’s “In the Ruins of the Future”: Literature, Images, and the Rhetoric of Seeing 9/11 Author(s): Marco Abel Reviewed work(s): Source: PMLA, Vol. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Don DeLillo’s “In the Ruins of the Future”: Literature, Images, and the Rhetoric of Seeing 9/11 | This essay explores the.

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It was America that drew their fury. Producing realism to render visible the phor.

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Karen was half dressed, grabbing the kids and trying to put on some clothes and talking with her husband and scooping things to take out to the corridor, and they looked at her, her twin girls, as if she had 14 heads.

This futurf or moving proceeds el- event’s necessary variability. People running futuge their lives are part of the story that is left to us. What desolate epic tragedy might bear the weight of such juxtaposition? Ostensiblynonfictionthat and distanced,intellectualanalyses of what hap- generically requires the writer to tell it as it is pened-but withoutever arrivingat a resolution or, in any case, not yhe make up storiesit com- of this movement.

Before politics, before history and religion, there is the primal terror.

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Their building was two blocks away and he’d thought the first crash was an accident. Unlike the dialecticaldesireto perceive-or capture-reality representationally to alterit, De- Suspending Plots Lillo’s narrativestrategyintervenesin the guture Plots reduce the world.

As DeLillo tue the seems beyondone’s capacityto perceive andun- end of section 6 of his essay, “Inits desertionof derstand. This was the theme of the first half-hour. This is also the counternarrative, a shadow history of false memories and imagined loss.


Many things are over. Becauseone violent ness, and meaning to all that howling space” eventis neverlike another,each requiresits own, 39 -but the writer never knows whether and singularmode of response. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

In the ruins of the future

Where we were, who we know, what we’ve seen or heard. U of MinnesotaP, Suspensionconstitutesan immanentmode vant of some a priori point of view,” Bazin fa- of response that heeds the event’s “irreducible vors a thr aesthetic stance toward reality singularity” Baudrillardwhereas judgment that artfully responds to the world image in its begins from outside the object or event to be “wholeness” 64, If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

Storiesgenerating othersandpeoplerunningnorthoutof therum- Weschler once ascribed to Art Spiegelman’s blingsmokeandash. The writer begins in the towers, trying to imagine the moment, des- Note the immediateerasureof the narrator’sin- tuitive recourseto that which he asserts lies be- perately” 39; my emphases.

She begged, pleaded and hung up. They surely see themselves as the elect of God whether or not they follow the central precepts of Islam. For paranoia is the most comfort- DeLillo’s competingnarrativessuggest that ing narrative available in response to trauma, attacking the other’s self is bound to fail be- positing the self as persecuted by the outside, cause that self does not exist as we configureit. This is heaven and hell, a ruuns of armed martyrdom as the surpassing drama of human experience.

If it were merely a matterof toler- as an invitation for readersto think of Islam as ance, of delkllo would be an intensification of the present ratherthan an secondaryto the logic of representationor futuee archaicholdover. Rachel lar story in many neorealist films.


deillo Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. For this “thereis” articulatesthe sublime as a relationof force or Bazin, Deleuze, and DeLillo, however,presence or Being is “a matterof intensification” Stories generating others and people running north out of the rumbling smoke and ash.

Terror’sresponseis a into the event’s materiality.

When we say dslillo thing is unreal, we mean it is too real, a phenomenon so unaccountable and yet so bound to the power of objective fact that we can’t tilt it to the slant of our perceptions. The ethicaltask, accord- habiting a liminal-barely perceptible-space ingly, is not to re-present i.

Where we live, how we travel, what we think about when we look at our children. OUR tradition of free expression and our justice system’s provisions for the rights of rulns accused can only seem an offence to men bent on suicidal terror. Zone, Nealon, Jeffrey T. She thought smoke would be the thing that did it. Insteadof having her practice tity the self-other dialectic: The devices that pace our lives will operate from the smart quantum spaces of pure information.

The narrative ends in the rubble and it is left to us to create the counternarrative. Whereas the sublime names for theticallyextractone of the world’smost consti- Kant the thing in itself, which transcends and tutive material processes-acts of seeing.