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The Rhetoric of TerrorReflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror$
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Marc Redfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231232

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231232.001.0001

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. Terror in Letters

. Terror in Letters

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4. Terror in Letters
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The Rhetoric of Terror
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Marc Redfield

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231232.003.0011

It is not easy enough to accept the idea that literature might have to struggle to remain adequate to catastrophic experience. Catastrophic terror exceeds anyone's capacity to grasp them, not just because memory fails, but because the memories being remembered resist of being put in any framework of reality. That is why Levi keeps on insisting that only dead could give uncompromised testimony. Because many testimonies gathered are diluted with false witness and not unclear information because those who give their testimony are engulf ed with their emotions and fear that they cannot clearly recollect their memories and experiences, and these circumstances produced a doubt on the authenticity of information or experiences recorded. This is the problem of why language is having a problem in revealing the truth in literary efforts.

Keywords:   literature, information, fear, experiences, memories, terror, testimony, truth

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