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Reimagining Traitors: Pearl Abraham's American Taliban and the Case of John Walker Lindh

Popescu, Maria-Irina (2018) 'Reimagining Traitors: Pearl Abraham's American Taliban and the Case of John Walker Lindh.' Journal of American Studies. ISSN 0021-8758

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Abstract

Pearl Abraham's 2010 novel American Taliban uses the “true” story of John Walker Lindh, a white US citizen captured fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, to reflect on the intense mediation of public trauma in the early days of the “War on Terror.” This article discusses the significance of American Taliban as a post-“9/11” work of literary fiction which, by imagining individual agency and interrogating the relationship between a racialized “Americanness,” treason and sovereignty, invites its readers to be critical of historical, political and media narratives in the so-called “post-truth era.”

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 15:12
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 15:12
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21838

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