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Epilogue Apocalyptic Melancholia And 9/11

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If the melancholic response to trauma is truly rooted in unconscious human psychology, even as it is expressed publically in a variety of shared and received forms, then theoretically the specific motifs and qualities of apocalyptic melancholia should emerge even where there is no explicit attempt to cast the destructive event in the language of Jewish apocalypse. One such apocalyptic trauma that uncannily reproduces in the responses to it many of the features of the Zion Apocalypses is the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

Keywords: apocalyptic melancholia; United States; Zion Apocalypses



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