The “Ruins of the Future”: Counter-Narratives to. Terrorism in the 9/11 Literature of Don DeLillo,. Jonathan Safran Foer, and Ian McEwan. Matthew Francis. Don DeLillo’s “In the Ruins of the Future”: Literature, Images, and the Rhetoric of Seeing 9/11 Author(s): Marco Abel Reviewed work(s): Source: PMLA, Vol. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Don DeLillo’s “In the Ruins of the Future”: Literature, Images, and the Rhetoric of Seeing 9/11 | This essay explores the.

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The ethicaltask, accord- habiting a liminal-barely perceptible-space ingly, is not to re-present i. Post September 11, Politics and common to many cinema aesthetics,but the choice of focus Discussion.

The raw event was one thing, the coverage another. What has already happened is sufficient to affect the air around us, psychologically. We don’t have fjture depend on God or the prophets or other astonishments. Some prayer rugs include a mihrab in their design, an arched element representing the prayer niche in a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca.

DeLillo’s essay tries to be bridgedbutits modulation,its movement. The writer wants to understand what this day has done to us.

But there is no defenceless human at the end of his gaze. Storiesgenerating othersandpeoplerunningnorthoutof therum- Weschler once ascribed to Art Spiegelman’s blingsmokeandash.

In the ruins of the future

The Bush administration was feeling a nostalgia for the cold war. Thus,DeLillo’s narrativeintimates, the tribalother going global. It was America that drew their fury.

Whereas Eisen- desires to encounterreality,it has no choice but stein assumesan a prioriemptinessof the screen to begin from within the acts of seeing. Dflillo city will accommodate every language, ritual, belief and opinion.

Suspensionconstitutesan immanentmode vant of some a priori point of view,” Bazin fa- of response that heeds the ov “irreducible vors a cinematic aesthetic stance toward reality singularity” Baudrillardwhereas judgment that artfully responds to the lf image in its begins from outside the object or event to be “wholeness” 64, Inhabitinga liminal space og which global- “the panethnic swarm of shoppers, merchants, izationis shot throughwith spiritualityand spiri- residents and passersby, with a few tourists as tuality with capitalist technology, the woman well” The tower’simplosion,so the narratorrecounts, “Someone said, ‘I don’t want cheese on that.

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Geoffrey Bennington and Rachel Bowlby. Six days after the attacks, the territory below Canal Street is hedged with barricades. This aes- point, Bazin’s cinema thought implies that the thetic stance begins and ends in the middle, po- screen virtuallyis filled with images even before sitions the act of viewing amid the event’s force the film projectorplays what the camera’s eye relations, and, leaving the act there, tries to ha- has artfully”captured.

She thought it was a bomb. The Sublime Object of Ideology. It was the power of American culture to penetrate every wall, home, life and mind. They all moved into the stairwell, behind a fire door, but smoke kept urins in. In short, the ruins of the even thoughhe is frequentlylabeledjust that see Sobchack; future of DeLillo’s essay are the ruins of repre- Rosen; and Jay.

Amid this hectic capitalist environ- remains as unrecognizable to the busy citizen- ment the narratorrecalls having seen a woman shoppersas the womanpushinga strollerwas to on a prayer rug, “young and slender, in a silk the terrorists. Resistingthe delllo speakwith moralclarityand declarewhat the event means, his essay instead shows thatresponseis always a ques- tion of response-ability,or the ethical how.

TheAddress of the Eye: Ash was spattering the windows. Indeed, the privileging of per- ception can serve as an ethically and politically dangerouscovering over of the fact on the un- In the Ruins of Representation tested and undertheorizedassumptionsunderly- I can’t help but dreamof a kindof criticismthat ing the questformeaning,orthe desireto attribute wouldnot trytojudge. Interviewsand OtherWritings, 40 U of MinnesotaP, forthcoming. Sec- The other has already become other to itself: G6edon Naudet and Jules Naudet.


Deferraldoes not mean to step outside, as if one ever could fully escape Yhe, quitesimply,beforeit futurw somethingto judgment’s clutches. First the planes struck the towers. Section 4 narratesthe story of Karen and Theboxcuttersandcreditcards. All this changed on September Plots reduce the world.

In time, some of them will believe it.

The cellphones, the lost shoes, the handkerchiefs mashed in the faces of running men and women. For many people, the event has changed the grain of the most routine moment. They have gone beyond the bounds of passionate payback.

Then there are the visitors to the park. This is not the self-watcher, the soft white dangling boy who shoots someone to keep from disappearing into himself. It is what we mean when we call ourselves the only superpower on the planet.

If it were merely a matterof toler- as an invitation for readersto think of Islam as ance, of open-mindedness,difference would be an intensification of the present ratherthan an secondaryto the logic of representationor iden- archaicholdover.

The writer begins in the towers, fhture to imagine the moment, desperately. I think we might die, he told himself, hedging his sense of what would happen next.

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People running for their lives are part of the story that is left to us. People sat on chairs along the walls. They see something innately destructive in the nature of technology. DeLillo’s essay reduces the ously teaches this last point.

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