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Satirical Frame of Mind: Ken Kalfus’s A Disorder Peculiar to the Country and the Literary Engagement with 9/11
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English. (Interkulturella studier)
2017 (English)In: European Journal of American Studies, ISSN 1991-9336, E-ISSN 1991-9336, Vol. 12, no 2, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prompted by debates on the role of comedy in the USA after 9/11, the essay explores the use of satire as one important narrative strategy that emerged in the subgenre of the American 9/11 novel. Criticism of 9/11 fiction tends to regard literary satire as a device used to counter governing descriptions of twenty-first century terrorism. By way of Ken Kalfus’s A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (2006), I show how literary satire on 9/11 is neither straightforward nor merely a means of political attack. Drawing on recent satire theory that views the satirical mode as unruly, various, and open-ended, I suggest that a closer look to the mixed intentions of this novel presents an opportunity to explore the dynamic between denunciation and comic relief in literary satire on 9/11 and opens the way for a more complex understanding of the operation and affordances of literary 9/11 satire.

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2017. Vol. 12, no 2, 1-17 p.
Keyword [en]
Contemporary American novel, satire, terrorism, 9/11, Ken Kalfus, political comedy, American identity, critical practice
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Intercultural Studies, 9/11 and the Novel
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-24710OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24710DiVA: diva2:1088703
Available from: 2017-04-13 Created: 2017-04-13 Last updated: 2017-08-04Bibliographically approved

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