Nostalgic modalities of (hyper)masculinity in Jay McInerneys The Good Life and Don DeLillos Falling Man

Henry Ivry

Abstract


In the following paper, I attempt to move away from the political stasis of trauma theory as applied to critical readings of the '9/11 novel'. By analyzing the post-9/11 discursive project of the Bush administration through gendered terms, I look at the ways in which McInerney and DeLillo appropriate this political rhetoric into their own literary representations of masculinity, specifically through recourse to nostalgic formations of hypermasculinity. Furthermore, I examine the ways in which the home is imagined as the site of post-9/11 reconciliation.


Keywords


Nostalgia; Masculinity; 9/11; Jay McInerny; Don DeLillo

Full Text:

PDF

References


Works Cited

Agathangelou, Anna M. and L.H.M. Ling. Powers, Borders, Security, Wealth: Lessons of Violence and Desire from September 11. International Studies Quarterly 48.3 (2004): 517 538. Academic Search Elite. Online. 23 July 2013.

Anker, Elizabeth S. Allegories of Falling and the 9/11 Novel. American Literary History 23.3 (2011): 463 482. Project Muse. Online. 1 May 2013.

Bacchetta, Paola, et. al. Transnational Feminist Practices against War. Meridians 2.2 (2002): 302 308. JSTOR. Online. 24 Apr. 2013.

Beigbeder, Frdric. Windows on the World. Trans. Frank Wynne. London: Harper Perennial, 2005. Print.

Berger, James. Theres No Backhand to This. Greenberg 52 59.

Bjerre. Thomas. Post-9/11 Literary Masculinities in Kalfus, DeLillo, and Hamid. Orbis Litterarum 67.3 (2012): 241 266. Academic Search Elite. Online. 15 July 2013.

Borradori, Giovanna. Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues With Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. London: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Print.

Bush, George H.W.. Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People. Washington, D.C. 20 Sept. 2001. Speech.

-----.President Delivers State of the Union. Washington, D.C. 29 Jan. 2002. Speech

-----. President Discusses War on Terrorism. Atlanta, Georgia. 8 Nov. 2001. Speech

-----. Presidents Remarks at National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. 14 Sept. 2001.

-----. President Urges Readiness and Patience. Thurmont, Maryland. 15 Sept. 2001.

Butler, Judith. Frames of War: When is Life Grievable?. London: Verso, 2010. Print.

-----. Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence. London: Verso, 2004. Print.

Carpenter, Rebecca. Were Not a Friggin Girl Band: September 11, Masculinity, and the British-American Relationship in David Hares Stuff Happens and Ian McEwans Saturday. Kenniston and Quinn 143 160.

Carroll, Hamilton. Affirmative Reaction: New Formations of White Masculinity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. Print.

DeLillo, Don. Falling Man. New York: Picador, 2007. Print.

Drew, Judith. Identity Crisis: Gender, Public Discourse, and 9/11. Women & Language 27.2 (2004): 71 77. Academic Search Elite. Online. 15 Apr. 2013.

Einstein, Zillah. Feminisms in the Aftermath of September 11. Social Text 20.3 (2002): 79 99. Project Muse. Online. 2 May 2013.

Faludi, Susan. Stiffed: The Betrayal of Modern Man. London: Vintage, 2000. Print.

-----. The Terror Dream: What 9/11 Revealed About America. London: Atlantic, 2008. Print.

Foer, Jonathan Safran. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. London: Penguin Books, 2006. Print.

Gray, Richard. Open Doors, Closed Minds: American Prose Writing at a Time of Crisis. American Literary History 21.1 (2009): 128 151. Academic Search Elite. Online. 4 July 2013.

Greenberg, Judith, ed. Trauma at Home: After 9/11. Winnipeg: Bison Books, 2003. Print.

Helyer, Ruth. DeLillo and Masculinity. The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo. Ed. John Duvall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008: 125 136. Print.

Irom, Bimbisar. Alterities in a Time of Terror: Notes on the Subgenre of the American 9/11 Novel. Contemporary Literature 53.3 (2012): 517 547. Project Muse. Online. 12 June 2013.

Jones, Carole. Disappearing Men: Gender Disorientation in Scottish Fiction 1979 1999. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009. Print.

Kalfus, Ken. A Disorder Peculiar to the Country. London: Simon & Schuster, 2006. Print.

Kaplan, Ann E. Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature. London: Rutgers University Press, 2005. Print.

Keniston, Ann and Jeanne Quinn, eds. Literature After 9/11. London: Routledge, 2010. Print.

McInerney, Jay. The Good Life. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007. Print.

Messud, Claire. The Emperors Children. New York: Vintage Books, 2007. Print.

Moore, Lorrie. A Gate at the Stairs. London: Faber and Faber, 2009. Print.

Nayak, Meghana. Orientalism and Saving US State Identity after 9/11. International Feminist Journal of Politics 8.1 (2006): 42 61. Taylor & Francis. Online. 2 May 2013.

Parish, Mary J. 9/11 and the Limitations of the Mans Man Construction of Masculinity in Don DeLillos Falling Man. Critique 53.3 (2012): 185 200. Taylor & Francis. Online. 4 June 2013.

Pease, Donald E. 9/11: When Was American Studies after the New Americanists?. Boundary 2 33.3 (2006): 73 101. Academic Search Elite. Online. 7 June 2013.

Radstone, Sussanah. The War of the Fathers: Trauma, Fantasy, and September 11. Greenberg 117 123.

Ramazani, Vaheed. September 11: Masculinity, Justice, and the Politics of Empathy. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 21.1 (2001): 118 124. Taylor & Francis. Online. 2 June 2013.

Ritter, Gretchen. Domestic Containment or Equal Standing?: Gender, Nationalism, and the War on Terror. Journal of Policy History 21.4 (2009): 439 447. Project Muse. Online. 3 May 2013.

Rothberg, Michael. Seeing Terror, Feeling Art: Public and Private in Post-9/11 Literature. Literature After 9/11. Eds. Ann Keniston and Jeanne Quinn. London: Routledge, 2010. 123 142. Print.

Shohat, Ella. Area Studies, Gender Studies, and the Cartographies of Knowledge. Social Text 20.3 (2002): 67 78. Project Muse. Online. 13 July 2013.

Walser, Jess. The Zero. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.

Young, Iris Marion. The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on the Current Security State. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society. 29.1 (2003): 1 25. Academic Search Elite. Online. 1 May 2013.

iek, Slavoj. Welcome to the Desert of the Real!: Five Essays on 11 September and Related Dates. London: Verso, 2002. Print.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c)



Postgraduate English is hosted by Durham University, Department of English Studies, UK. Unless otherwise specified, all articles published from 2000-2011 inclusive are copyright Durham University. All articles published from 2012 onwards are copyright of the author(s). All articles from 2012 onwards are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 licence.

Please view the privacy notice for details on how we process your personal data: Privacy Notice.

ISSN: 1756-9761

Durham University