113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

9/11 Literatures and Masks of Threat II

Session Chair: 
Aparajita De, University of the District of Columbia
Session 12: Sunday 12:10-1:40pm
Forum Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle
    In taking a gendered approach to Jess Walter's 9/11 satire, The Zero, I argue that April Kraft is represented in the novel as being unable to acheive an idealized form of post-9/11 femininity, and is therefore cast out of normative gender roles. April's non-domestic ideal thus becomes a threat not only to her own relationships, but to the structure of the codification of American domesticity. 
  2. Tesica Starkey, The University of Arizona
    This paper will examine a post-9/11 anxiety about homeland security as it manifests itself in the literal spaces of home in Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah (2012). It argues that, with its triangulation of Western, Israeli, and Palestinian women, the narrative attempts to unmask the Palestinian woman as a domestic threat.
  3. Jennifer Lopez-Lam, Cal Poly Pomona
    Through Kobek’s use of structural and thematic fragmentation, the reductive image of the ‘terrorist,’ as the face of pure evil, both amasses and fractures around the image evoked of Atta as a product of the secularization of Islam, a man ultimately at odds with himself and thus poignantly connected to our own humanity.  
Session Cancelled: