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Module Reading List

September 11 in Fact and Fiction, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Hamilton Carroll
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

PRIMARY TEXTS (Books For Purchase):

Safran Foer, Jonathan, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Penguin, 2006)  

DeLillo, Don, Falling man : a novel (Picador, 2006)  

McCann, Colum. Let the great world spin (Bloomsbury, 2009)  

Waldman, Amy, The submission (Heinemann, 2011)  

The 9/11 Commission report : final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. (W. W. Norton & Co., 2004) [This is also available online at 

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PRIMARY TEXTS (Films [purchase optional]):

9/11 (Naudet Brothers, 2003)  

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Stephen Daldry, 2011)  

Man on Wire (James Marsh, 2008)  Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

United 93 [videorecording] (Paul Greengrass, 2006)  Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

The Walk. (Robert Zemeckis, 2016)  Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)



Craig A. Warren, “‘It Reads Like a Novel’:  The 9/11 Commission Report and the American Reading Public,” in Journal of American Studies 41.3 (2007), 533-556  

Amy Kaplan, “Homeland Insecurities:  Transformations of Language and Space,” in Radical History Review 85, Winter 2003, 82-93 

Liam Kennedy, “Framing September 11:  Photography After the Fall,” History of Photography 27.3 (Autumn 2003) 

Tom Junod, “The Falling Man.” Esquire [

Rob Kroes, Miles Orvell, and Alan Nadel, “The Ascent of the Falling Man: Establishing a Picture’s Iconicity,” in Journal of American Studies 45.4, November 2011  

Marc Redfield, “Virtual Trauma,” in The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror (Fordham University Press, 2009) 

Don DeLillo, “In the Ruins of the Future,” The Guardian [

Richard Gray, “Open Doors, Closed Minds: American Prose Writing at a Time of Crisis,” American Literary History 21.1, Spring 2009, 128-148  

Michael Rothberg, “A Failure of the Imagination: Diagnosing the Post-9/11 Novel: A Response to Richard Gray,” American Literary History 21.1, Spring 2009, 152-158 

Ilka Saal, ‘Regarding the Pain of Self and Other: Trauma Transfer and Narrative Framing in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’, Modern Fiction Studies 57.3, 2011, 451-76  

Catherine Morley, ‘The Architecture of Memory and Memorialization in Amy Waldman’s The Submission’, in 9/11:  Topics in Contemporary North American Literature  

Fredric Jameson, “The Dialectics of Disaster,” in Dissent from the Homeland:  Essays after September 11 (Duke UP, 2003) 

: ‘Philippe Petit’s Real-Life Walk between the Twin Towers—in pictures’ The Guardian [ 

 Sheila Hones, “The Great World’s New York,” in Literary Geographies:  Narrative Space in Let the Great World Spin (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)  

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Appadurai, Arjun. Fear of small numbers : an essay on the geography of anger. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Baudrillard, Jean. The Spirit of Terrorism. London: Verso, 2002.

Birkenstein, Jeff et al. Reframing 9/11 : film, popular culture and the "war on terror" London: Continuum, 2010.

Borradori, Giovanna. Philosophy in a time of terror : dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. Chicago: Chicago University press, 2003.

Buck-Morss, Susan. Thinking past terror : Islamism and critical theory on the left. London: Verso, 2006.

Butler, Judith. Precarious life : the powers of mourning and violence. London: Verso, 2004.

Carroll, Hamilton. Affirmative reaction : new formations of white masculinity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Carroll, Hamilton. “‘Stuck Between Meanings’: Recession-Era Print Fictions of Crisis Masculinity,” in Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker, Eds. Gendering the recession : media and culture in an age of austerity (Duke University Press, 2014)

Carroll, Hamilton. “September 11 as Heist,” Journal of American studies. 45.4 (November 2011).

Chomsky, Noam. 9-11. New York; Seven Stories Press, 2002.

Chow, Rey. The age of the world target : self-referentiality in war, theory, and comparative work. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Darton, Eric. Divided we stand: a biography of New York's World Trade Center. New York: Basic Books, 1999.

Dudziak, Mary L. September 11 in history : a watershed moment? Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Duvall, John N. and Robert P. Marzec, Fiction After 9/11 (A Special issue of Modern fiction studies. 57.3 [Fall 2011])

Engle, Karen. Seeing ghosts : 9/11 and the visual imagination. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

Faludi, Susan. The terror dream : what 9/11 revealed about America. London: Atlantic Books, 2007.

Goldberger, Paul. Up from zero : politics, architecture, and the rebuilding of New York. New York: Random House, 2005.

Hauerwas, Stanley and Frank Lentricchia. Dissent from the homeland : essays after September 11. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Huyssen, Andreas. Present pasts : urban palimpsests and the politics of memory. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Kellner, Douglas. Cinema wars : Hollywood film and politics in the Bush-Cheney era. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Landsberg, Alison. Prosthetic memory : the transformation of American remembrance in the age of mass culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Morley, Catherine. 9/11 topics in contemporary North American literature. Bloomsbury, 2016.

Olster, Stacey. Don DeLillo : Mao 2, Underworld, Falling man. London: Continuum, 2011.

Pease, Donald E. The new American exceptionalism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2009.

Prince, Stephen. Firestorm : American film in the age of terrorism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Refield, Marc. The rhetoric of terror : reflections on 9/11 and the war on terror. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009.

Royle, Nicholas. The uncanny. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003.

Simpson, David. 9/11 : the culture of commemoration. Chicago: University of Chcago Press, 2006.

Smith, Terry. The architecture of aftermath. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Sontag, Susan. Regarding the Pain of Others. London: Penguin, 2003.

Sorkin, Michael and Sharon Zukin. After the World Trade Center : rethinking New York City. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Stam, Robert and Ella Shohat. Flagging patriotism : crises of narcissism and anti-Americanism. London: Routledge, 2007.

Sturken, Marita. Tourists of history : memory, kitsch, and consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

10 Years After 9/11 (Special Issue) Journal of American studies. 45.4 (November 2011).

Versluys, Kristiaan. Out of the blue : September 11 and the novel. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Vidler, Anthony. The architectural uncanny : essays in the modern unhomely. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1992.

Virilio, Paul. Ground zero. London: Verso, 2002.

Wegner, Phillip E. Life between two deaths, 1989-2001 : U.S. culture in the long nineties. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

Willis, Susan. Portents of the real : a primer for post-9/11 America. London: Verso, 2005.

Wright, Lawrence. The looming tower : Al Qaeda's road to 9/11. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Zizek, Slavoj. Welcome to the desert of the real! : five essays on September 11 and related dates. London: Verso, 2002.

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OTHER PRIMARY READINGS ON THE SUBJECT OF SEPTEMER 11 (we will not be reading these texts on the module but they are all available to you as primary texts for essays):

Auster, Paul. Man in the dark. London: Faber and Faber, 2008.

Beigbeder, Frederic. Windows on the world : a novel. London: Fourth Estate, 2004.

Benioff, David. The 25th hour. London: New English Library, 2000.

Eisenberg, Deborah. Twilight of the superheroes. New York: Picador, 2006.

Gerstein, Mordicai. The Man who Walked between the Towers. New York, Square Fish, 2003.

Hamid, Mohsin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2007.

Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colon. The Illustrated 9/11 Commission Report. London: Penguin Books, 2006.

Kalfus, Ken. A disorder peculiar to the country : a novel. London: Simon and Schuster, 2006.

McDonell, Nick. The third brother. London: Atlantic Books, 2005.

McInerney, Jay. The good life. London: Bloomsbury, 2006.

Messud, Claire. The emperor's children. London: Picador, 2006.

Moore, Lorrie. A gate at the stairs. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers. New York: Powerhouse Books, 2001

O’Neill, Joseph, Netherland (Harper, 2009)

Petit, Philippe. To Reach the Clouds. London: Faber and Faber, 2002.

Raban, Jonathan. Surveillance : a novel. London: Picador, 2006.

Schulman, Helen. A day at the beach. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

Spiegelman, Art, In the shadow of no towers. New York: Viking, 2004.

Torres, Alissa. American widow. New York: Villard, 2008.

Veitch, Rick. Can't get no. New York: Vertigo, 2006.

Walter, Jess. The Zero : a novel. London: Harper Perennial, 2006.

Walter, Jess, The financial lives of the poets (Penguin, 2010)

This list was last updated on 08/09/2021