Ethno-religious Identities and Cosmopolitan Echoes in John Updike’s ‘Terrorist’ (2006) and Joseph O’Neill’s ‘Netherland’ (2008)

Pamela Mansutti
Far from offering a cohesive representation of ethnic and racialized individuals after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, US recent fiction on this particular subject navigates otherness in many contradictory ways, ranging from the resistance to represent, or even think, alterity in literary forms to the desire of exploring, if not mastering it through characterization. The novels here examined, John Updike’s Terrorist (2006) and Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland (2008), deal with the long-term aftermath of 9/11 rather...
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