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Fiction and the Representation of Terrorism, 1st Edition

By Peter C. Herman


248 pages

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Paperback: 9780367249007
pub: 2019-08-01
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Unspeakable: Fiction and the Representation of Terrorism explores the representation of terrorism in plays, novels and films across the centuries. Time and time again, writers and filmmakers including William Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Gillo Pontecorvo, Don DeLillo, John Updike, and Steven Spielberg refer to terrorist acts as beyond comprehension, "a deed without a name," but they do not stop there. Instead of creating works that respond to terrorism by providing comforting narratives reassuring audiences and readers of their moral superiority and the perfidy of the terrorists, these writers and filmmakers confront the unspeakable by attempting to see the world from the terrorist’s perspective and examining the roots of terrorist violence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Speakable/Unspeakable: The Rhetoric of Terrorism

Chapter 2: "A Deed without a Name": Macbeth and the Unspeakable Gunpowder Plot

Chapter 3: Terrorism and Dynamite: From the French Revolution to Conrad

Chapter 4: When Terror Becomes Speakable: Algeria

Chapter 5: Israel/Palestine: Unspeakability in John le Carré, The Little Drummer Girl, Steven Spielberg, Munich; Yasmina Khadra, The Attack

Chapter 6: "Why do they hate us?": Updike, Hamid, and DeLillo

Chapter 7: Epilogue: Where Do We Go From Here? Amy Waldman, The Submission; Nadeem Aslam, The Blind Man’s Garden

About the Author

Peter C. Herman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Historical Events
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism