Trauma, Ethics and Myth-Oriented Literary Tradition in Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"


  • Francisco Collado-Rodríguez University of Zaragoza



This essay proposes a reading of Jonathan Safran Foer’s second novel as a literary artifact that the author has consciously elaborated following the strategies of a myth-oriented tradition that had its first literary outbreak in times of High Modernism, being subsequently pursued by magical-realist and postmodern writers. The novelist associates strategies and motifs belonging to such tradition to a context that fulfills the premises of contemporary trauma fiction but that also aims at establishing comparisons between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and WW2 events that North American readers are here forced to remember from the perspective and opinions of a nine-year-old traumatized narrator. Modernist and magical-realist elements combine in a novel that openly demands the ethical positioning of its readers.


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How to Cite

Collado-Rodríguez, F. (2008). Trauma, Ethics and Myth-Oriented Literary Tradition in Jonathan Safran Foer’s "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". Journal of English Studies, 5, 47–62.