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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature$
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Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940520

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.001.0001

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The Cacophony of Disaster

The Cacophony of Disaster

The Metaphorical Body of Sound in Don DeLillo’s Falling Man

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(p.103) Chapter Six The Cacophony of Disaster
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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature
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Inbar Kaminsky

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.003.0007

In this essay Inbar Kaminsky examines the physical dislocations that followed the emotional trauma of 9/11. Robbed of his ability to process the monumental collapse of meaning represented by the attack, DeLillo’s protagonist is projected into what Kaminsky terms a ‘metaphorical body of sound’ – a dissonant and omnipresent soundscape of memories whose refractions prevent him from accommodating his trauma both physically and mentally. Here the body becomes consumed by the sensorium, dispersed and fractured by the disconnect created by the possibility of survivorship in the midst of mass death. Kaminksy explores how the American nation, as much as its citizens, has become disembodied and is still searching for ways to reconnect to the physical weight of history.

Keywords:   Trauma, Survivorship, American history, 9/11, Don DeLillo

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