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September 11 and the Outbreak of Neo-Orientalism in John Updike’s Terrorist

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The portrait of Muslims in politics, media, and literature has been mostly partial images of people separated from civilization. Since September 11 attacks, the Global War on Terror was fought on many fronts, including the ideological war of words and images that rages on the cinema screens across the globe as well as the pages of pop fiction. Western cultural production since September 11 has remained deeply influenced by the events of that single fateful day. The Twin Towers have gone up in flames again and again in a very large number of textual and visual narratives like novels, short stories, films, documentaries and prose analyses. To take a critical view to 9/11 and famous narratives it encumbered is the subject of this study. The Neo-orientalists say that many Muslims are Islamic fundamentalists who are “irreconcilable” with modern Western democratic values and culture. Different novels have been written after the September 11 attacks which are related explicitly or implicitly to with the effect of the event on the changing view of the people toward Muslims.
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  • Faculty of Humanities, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran
  • Faculty of Humanities, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran
  • Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
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