‘Extreme Otherness’: Representations of 9/11 in two Anglo-American Writers

Oana Celia Gheorghiu


This article probes the image of the Muslim Other in Martin Amis’s short story ‘The Last Days of Muhammad Atta’ (2006) and Don DeLillo’s Falling Man (2007). The phrase ‘extreme otherness’ is not an alternative formulation of the postmodern philosophical concept of absolute otherness, but an attempt at defining a representation (especially of mind) strongly anchored in present social and political discourses. An attempt is made at accounting for Western Islamophobia at the level of the media and of the public sphere in the belief that this can be an effective introduction to analysis of the representation of the Muslim Other in literary texts belonging to the category of 9/11 fiction, by identifying their stereotyping nature, while also emphasising the acutely negative features of this particular form of accentuated alterity.

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