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.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Silva, Elise Christine, "Terror, Performance and Post 9/11 Literature" (2011). All Theses and Dissertations. 2724.
9/11 Fiction, Performance Theory