We would appear to live in an era when the power of fiction is on the wane. Despite many private universities' endowments' growth to record heights during an ongoing (and partially college-fueled) pandemic, literature departments face uncertain futures and the ranks of un- and underemployed literary critics grow with each PhD defense. The import of fiction in such a historical moment is far from obvious. While we might turn inward for answers—to the classic work of Fredric Jameson and Edward Said, to more recent work in the digital and environmental humanities, or to the accumulating, never-to-be-published dissertations of the unhired—Lindsay Thomas asks us not merely to consider how we read and analyze literary and popular fiction. Rather, in her monograph Training for Catastrophe: Fictions of National Security after 9/11, she asks us to widen our understanding of where, how, and why fiction is produced in the post-9/11 United States,...
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Review Article| May 01 2023
Always Be Prepared
Training for Catastrophe: Fictions of National Security after 9/11(
U of Minnesota P,
312, cloth, $112.00, paper, $28.00.
Devin William Daniels
University of Pennsylvania
DEVIN WILLIAM DANIELS is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines twentieth-century cultural production and the histories of surveillance, computing, security, and welfare, with particular regard to the historical forms of the novel, identity, and the state. His work is published or forthcoming in Representations, Mediations, English Studies in Africa, Post45: Contemporaries, and Hyped on Melancholy.
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 157–161.
Devin William Daniels; Always Be Prepared. Novel 1 May 2023; 56 (1): 157–161. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-10251407
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