States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel: Martel, Eugenides, Coetzee, Sebald
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States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel: Martel, Eugenides, Coetzee, Sebald

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Dedication; Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; Introduction: Decision Time; A. September 11 and the Aesthetic Decision; B. The Chapters; C. Schmitt, Hobbes, Benjamin, Burnham; Chapter One: States of Exception in Yann Martel's Life of Pi; A. Introduction; B. Political State of Exception; C. Psychic State of Exception; D. Theological State of Exception; E. The Politics of Allegory; Chapter Two: Autobiography and Human Rights in Jeffrey; Eugenides' Middlesex; A. A Failure of Reading; B. Reading Human Rights; C. The Political Life of Sex; D. Sex in Theory; E/ Autobiography and Messianism; Chapter Three: Literary Economies in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace; A. Disgrace, Once More; B. The Circular Economy of Violence; C. Reading Incest; D. Lucy's Count; E. Lucy as "the part of those who have no part"; F. From Animals to Aesthetic Economy; Chapter Four: Architectures of Exception in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz; A. Architecture, Trauma, and the Camps; B. Reading Fortifications; C. The Cabinet of Wonder; D. Architectures of the Uncanny; E. Moving Testimony; F. The Novel in Motion; or: The Politics of Austerlitz's Aesthetic; Conclusion: From Exception to Care; A. Crisis and Play; B. Biopolitics, the Novel, and Care; Bibliographic References; Index.
In the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, the political situation in both the United States and abroad has often been described as a 'state of exception': a situation in which the normal rule of law is suspended. This book investigates the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of decisions in post-9/11 contemporary fiction.