Representing Terrorism

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Winter Semester 2020/21

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154524 Representing Terrorism 2 HS Mo 14:15 - 15:45 digital Piskurek
Course Description

Terrorism has always been a contested term: it has been used as a label to stigmatise certain groups, while others, who have committed similar acts, have been labelled freedom fighters. Although some commentators believe that the “Age of Terror”, which allegedly began on September 11, 2001, is a recent phenomenon, terrorism has been around for a long time. In line with this, representations of terror and terrorism in literature, film, television or the visual arts have increased rapidly over the past twenty years, but as texts like Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (1907) show, this is a genre which looks back on a long and chequered history.
In this seminar, we will study a wide range of texts that deal with the challenges of representing and fictionalising terrorism: from Joseph Conrad’s abovementioned novel, via Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), to Jess Walter’s The Zero (2006), Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire (2017) or British feature film Four Lions (2010). In addition, we will explore a number of theoretical approaches from the field of Critical Terrorism Studies in order to contextualise our discussions.

Course Requirements

Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.

2009 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
2016 601, 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
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