• The blurring of boundaries: images of abjection as the terrorist and the reel Arab intersect

    Author(s):
    Hania A.M. Nashef (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    LLC Arabic, MS Screen Arts and Culture, MS Visual Culture, TC Popular Culture, TC Postcolonial Studies
    Subject(s):
    Cultural studies, Film studies, Media studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    arab world, terrorism, kristeva, abject, dehumanization
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6DP48
    Abstract:
    n her treatise on abjection, Julia Kristeva argues that the abject is located outside the self, remaining in a state of repulsion that threatens to destroy the self. Abject representations are prevalent in the way terrorists have been portrayed in the Western news media post-September 11, 2001. These images of abjection are problematic, as they consolidate the images we have seen in Hollywood films representing Arabs. Furthermore, these depictions have eroded the fine line between the real and the unreal. This article examines the point at which these issues intersect, by analysing individual images vis-à-vis film portrayals of the Arab and, ultimately, how the framed images of terrorists aired on TV screens have conformed to previously accepted notions of the Arab.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1080/17539153.2011.623403
    Publisher:
    Informa UK Limited
    Journal:
    Critical Studies on Terrorism
    Volume:
    4
    Issue:
    3
    Start Page:
    351
    End Page:
    368
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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