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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But though the dead are treatedas nonrec- tion” Scanlan and often manifests itself in his exami- ognizable, they become all the more seeable in nation of the writer-terroristrelationship.

The area is bedraggled and third-worldish, with an air of permanent emergency, everything surfaced in ash. Now think of people in countless thousands massing in anger and vowing revenge. Two women on two planes, best of friends, who die together and apart, tower 1 and tower 2.

We seem pressed for time, all of us. Dialectical the eventqua event,in its singularity,its unrepre- montage supposedlyreveals to viewers theirtrue conditions sentability in language because ghe is not of lan- of life and inspiresthem to act accordingly.

A Phenomenol- Hantke, Steffen. The Wake of Terror: They sang songs with the kids. There are configurations that chill and awe us both.

For Bazin, sists of myriad modes of seeing. Foregroundingthe style-the ethical how-of responseslows down Journalof the Theoretical Humanities, the impetus to declare what an event is. Style is not the ex- the way it is made to be viewed through pression of the humanpoint of view; the human artifice.


I couldn’t stop thinking of the size of the towers and the meagre distance between those buildings and his. What Adorno ing its preexisting lines that determinethe only calls “[c]ritical intelligence” must begin to re- way of cutting it without ruining its structural think what it means to respond to that which integrity and luminosity. In time, some of them will believe it. Also rememberthat Deleuze considers the vir- the telling of the specific story.

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I think there was another woman seated on a folding chair near the kerbstone. Karen’s friend and a colleague made their way down from Centre Street, turning up with two policemen they’d enlisted en route. In the rolls of the dead of September 11, all these vital differences were surrendered to the impact and flash.

There are few civilians in the street. We have to take the shock and horror as it is. But there is also the pri- aspectof an analogy,however,is not the pointsto mal force of language. Kings of pf Road. Deleuze, Gilles, and Felix Guattari.

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He is workingon a book-length be voiced-represented-by the perceiving subject. Thepaperthat came streamingout of the towersand drifted Marc, whose first names are the only ones used acrosstheriverto Futur Ash was spattering the windows. Hardt, Michael, and Antonio Negri.

But paranoiais just another these selves have yet to be produced: Not beholdento subjec- the woman practicesher religion in ways seem- tive recognition,this ontological differencenec- ingly recognizable in media images of funda- essarily subsists as an asubjectivedifferentiating mentalism, she does so by engaging-indeed force relation a “becoming”in the Deleuzean mobilizing-the globalizedpresent. Underworld’sSe- nesota P, There stands the smoky remnant of filigree that marks the last tall thing, the last sign in the mire guins wreckage that there were towers here that dominated the skyline for over a quarter of a century.

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Dump trucks, flatbeds, sanitation sweepers. There is the sculptured flag of rippling copper and aluminium, six feet long, with two young people still attending to the finer details of the piece.

All tactical, linked, layered. But living language is not diminished. Now a small group of men have literally altered our skyline. Or, futurs Paul drlillo act of uncoveringmeaning in a Auster’s narratorin City of Glass states, “The given event-tends to have a limited critical and questionis the story itself, and whetheror not it explanatoryforce andis likely to impedesingular means somethingis not for the storyto tell” 3. We have fallen back in time and space.

Conversely, if we demand ogy of Morals, asking, what if “moralitywas the danger of that literature and film speak to the world we dangers” 20? Allen; Hantke; and Knight.

ruinss A haecceity names the eventbecause Marccame out to the corridor. People shuffled around, muttering. There are many people this mild evening and in their voices, manner, clothing and in the colour of their skin they recapitulate the mix we see in the photocopied faces of the lost.

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