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Moran, M. (2020) Rummaging Through the Ashes: 9/11 American Poetry and the Transcultural Counterwitness. European journal of American studies, 15 (2), 1-19.

Rummaging through the ashes : 9/11 American poetry and the transcultural counterwitness

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Author: Moran, Matthew
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: European Association for American Studies, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-10


By drawing on current definitions of testimonial witnessing, this study returns to the attacks of September 11th to explore how two 9/11 poems, “First Writing Since (Poem on Crisis of Terror)” by Suheir Hammad and “Alabanza: In Praise of the Local 100” by Martin Espada, challenge the pervasive patriotism of mainstream journalism through acts of transcultural counterwitnessing. I explore how these 9/11 poems oppose, and engage with, pervasive patriotism, and emphasize the value of transcultural poetry in the face of extreme violence. The notion of the transcultural counterwitness has the potential to redefine how third-party witnesses, like poets, provide new understandings of historical responsibility and national identity in the American imagination.

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Series: European journal of American studies
ISSN: 1991-9336
ISSN-E: 1991-9336
ISSN-L: 1991-9336
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 1 - 19
DOI: 10.4000/ejas.16018
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6122 Literature studies
Copyright information: © 2020 The Author and European journal of American studies. Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported - CC BY-NC 3.0.