1st Edition

Terrorism and the Arts Practices and Critiques in Contemporary Cultural Production

Edited By Jonathan Harris Copyright 2021
    226 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book assesses the key definitions, forms, contexts and impacts of terrorist activity on the arts in the modern era, using historical and contemporary perspectives.

    Its empirical case studies include theatre, literature, music, visual art, mass media, film and the mores of ‘ordinary life.’ While its immediate reflective context is Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, the book reviews a broader range of definitions and counter-definitions of 'terrorism', 'state terrorism' and 'states of terror,' examining uses of the terms through a series of comparative analyses. Chapters focus on the intersection of these definitional questions with heuristic analysis of art forms, cultural activities and their socio-historical contexts.

    This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, terrorism, politics and the media, and visual culture. 

    Introduction: ‘Figure / trauma / terror’

    Jonathan Harris

    1 ‘The migrant image: fear of ‘replacement’ and the resurgence of white nationalism’

    Dora Apel

    2 ‘Facing Franco’s terror: visual arts and the fate of memory’

    Paula Barreiro López

    3 ‘A transgenerational reparation for the damage of torture through drawing dreams and performance’

    Marisa Cornejo

    4 ‘After Mosul: the cultural and political economy of destruction and reconstruction’

    Anthony Downey

    5 ‘"They make a desert and they call it peace": states of terror and contemporary artistic response in the Middle East’

    Jonathan Harris

    6 ‘Re-inscriptions of terror and terrorism since Mallarmé: Wassily Kandinsky and Gerhard Richter’

    Lewis Johnson

    7 ‘Harold Pinter and state terrorism’

    Aleksandar Sasha Dundjerović

    8 ‘"Terrorism", "rebellion", "resistance": excavating the role of art in activist social transformation’

    Jonathan Day

    9 ‘Shakespeare and terrorism’

    David Roberts

    10 ‘All that is certain vanishes into air: tracing the anabasis of the Japanese Red Army’

    Naeem Mohaiemen

    11 ‘Media hijack: Chris Burden and the logic of terrorism’

    Mathew Teti


    Jonathan Harris is Emeritus Professor in Global Art and Design Studies at Birmingham City University.