Policing the Globe: State Sovereignty and the International in the Post-9/11 Crime Novel

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Abstract

Two recent studies of 9/11 literature are dismissive of the contributions that crime and espionage novels have made to ongoing efforts to map the significance of 9/11 and its aftermath. My essay contests the assumption that only literary fiction – which pays sufficient attention to trauma – can “bear witness” to the events of 9/11 and argues that such fiction is, in fact, singularly ill-equipped to illuminate the complex geo-political circumstances that 9/11 entrenched and transformed. By contrast, genre novels by John Le Carré and Don Winslow have responded in imaginative and critical ways to post-9/11 and avowedly trans-national securitization initiatives and hence to efforts to trouble traditional accounts of state sovereignty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-424
Number of pages24
JournalModern Fiction Studies
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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