Elements of Trauma Fiction in Jonathan Safran Foer’s "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

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Constantin Ilaș


Trauma fiction was one of the most written types of literature in America in the wake of 9/11. Not a very popular genre due to the sensitive subject matter it can contain, the trauma of 9/11 contributed significantly to its resurgence, especially in New York. Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the youngest and also most talented writers in New York. Known for his daring and innovative style, his novel, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, is unique among other works of its genre. It deals with multiple plotlines and different historical traumas presented against the backdrop of 9/11, concerning itself primarily with the victims of the tragedy and their attempts to reconstruct their lives. Moreover, it explores the ways in which different generations can come together and help each other overcome their respective traumas, emphasizing the importance of unity and solidarity between people of all ages and mindsets.

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Ilaș, C. “Elements of Trauma Fiction in Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’”. Linguaculture, vol. 12, no. 1, June 2021, pp. 63-76, doi:10.47743/lincu-2021-1-0187.
Author Biography

Constantin Ilaș, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania

CONSTANTIN ILAȘ has just defended his PhD thesis titled Tragedy and Hope: American Literature after 9/11 at the Doctoral School of Philological Studies of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. His major academic interest is in American literature, particularly trauma fiction in the wake of 9/11. He contributed papers to several conferences, has published an article on 9/11 poetry in Intercultural Perspectives / Perspectives interculturelles - Vol. 2 / 2020.


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