9/11 Literature: The Birth of New Narratives

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Milind Raj Anand


After the Twin Tower attack in USA popularly known as 9/11 Attack, when Al- Qaida terrorists hit WTC towers, Pentagon and Shanksville, PA gave birth to the new narrative known as ‘9/11 Literature’. This literature is a representation of the feelings from the people who actually witnessed the event, those who saw it on television or Internet or who listened from their relatives or friends. This literature is taken over by the writers, poets, playwrights, film-makers, etc. figuring out the perspectives of both, the American and Afghanistan civilians. This literature talks about the sufferings, pain, loss of American society, damage to American Social life, culture and economy, as well as the fear and misery of ‘Other World’; devastation of Afghanistan’s, Culture, Economy and Civilization. This paper is an attempt to understand the reasons behind the evolution of 9/11 literature, the widening of the literary horizon to provide a platform to express deep anguish and pain of the sufferers of 9/11 attack and increase the national awareness. It discusses the role of 9/11 literature in infusing new narratives and counter narratives, debates between Orientals and Occidentals, and introspection of the policies of the West and unnecessary interferences in East. In general the necessity for the promotion of an impetus to a new thought process for a better world.


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Milind Raj Anand. “9/11 Literature: The Birth of New Narratives”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 2, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 522-3, http://thecreativelauncher.com/index.php/tcl/article/view/575.
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