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Terrorist transgressions: gendered representations of the terrorist in visual culture

Malvern, S. and Koureas, G., eds. (2013) Terrorist transgressions: gendered representations of the terrorist in visual culture. I.B. Tauris, London; New York, pp226. ISBN 9781780767017

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Abstract/Summary

The aim of Terrorist Transgressions is to analyse the myths inscribed in images of the terrorist and identify how agency is attributed to representation through invocations and inversions of gender stereotypes. In modern discourses on the terrorist the horror experienced in Western societies was the appearance of a new sense of the vulnerability of the body politic, and therefore of the modern self with its direct dependency on security and property. The terrorist has been constructed as the epitome of transgression against economic resources and moral, physical and political boundaries. Although terrorism has been the focus of intense academic activity, cultural representations of the terrorist have received less attention. Yet terrorism is dependent on spectacle and the topic is subject to forceful exposure in popular media. While the terrorist is predominantly aligned with masculinity, women have been active in terrorist organisations since the late 19th century and in suicidal terrorist attacks since the 1980s. Such attacks have confounded constructions of femininity and masculinity, with profound implications for the gendering of violence and horror. The publication arises from an AHRC networking grant, 2011-12, with Birkbeck, and includes collaboration with the army at Sandhurst RMA. The project relates to a wider investigation into feminism, violence and contemporary art.

Item Type:Book
Refereed:No
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Art History
ID Code:34959
Additional Information:Contributors: Alex Adams, Andreas Behnke, Carolina Caycedo, Graham Dawson, Aaron Edwards, Dominique Grisard, Charlotte Klonk, Gabriel Koureas, Sue Malvern, Stephen Morton and Sylvia Schraut.
Publisher:I.B. Tauris

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