Abstract

This project explores 9/11 as a performative act that is re-represented in post 9/11 fiction. Although many scholars have engaged spectacle theory to understand the event, this project asserts that performance theory gives a more dynamic and ethical reading of post 9/11 literatures like Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Don DeLillo's Falling Man. The aforementioned post 9/11 texts showcase narrative performances and also give formal performances for an audience of readers. Theatricality in these texts promotes dialogue and healing through interactive communication.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; English

Rights

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Date Submitted

2011-04-19

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4396

Keywords

9/11 Fiction, Performance Theory

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