After the Fall - American Literature Since 9/11
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After the Fall presents a timely and provocative examination of the impact and implications of 9/11 and the war on terror on American culture and literature.
  • Presents the first detailed interrogation of U.S. writing in a time of crisis
  • Develops a timely and provocative arguement about literature and trauma
  • Relates U.S. writing since 9/11 to crucial social and historical changes in the U.S. and elsewhere
  • Places U.S. writing in the context of the transformed position of the U.S. in a world characterized by political, economic, and military crisis; transnational drift; the resurgence of religious fundamentalism; and the apparent triumph of global capitalism


Richard Gray is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex and former Distinguished Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the United States. He is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy and has published over a dozen books on the topic, including the award-winning  Writing the South  (Ideas of an American Region (1986) and The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography (1994).  His History of  American Literature is widely considered to be one of the standard works on the subject.


Acknowledgments ix

1 After the Fall 1

2 Imagining Disaster 21

3 Imagining Crisis 51

4 Imagining the Transnational 85

5 Imagining the Crisis in Drama and Poetry 145

Works Cited 193

Index 211


“There an amazing richness of the material Richard Gray covers in. . . After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11After the Fall is skillfully structured and convincingly argued.”  (Hungarian Journal of English and American  Studies, 1 October 2014)

"Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (Choice, 1 January 2012)