Coherence in Contradiction: The Spectacle of the Female Terrorist

Grisard, Dominique. (2019) Coherence in Contradiction: The Spectacle of the Female Terrorist. In: Women, Global Protest Movements, and Political Agency: Rethinking the Legacy of 1968. London & New York, pp. 117-134.

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In Writing and Difference, J. Derrida theorised the act of signification as a 'coherence in contradiction', which 'expresses the force of a desire' for conflicting messages to magically cohere. This chapter argues that the spectacle of the female terrorist and the naturalisation of messy gender as coherent sex follow a hetero-normative, binary script of continuous display. It considers the phenomenon of 1970s left-wing terrorism as a product of the increasing amalgamation of media, political, and social reality. The chapter aims to direct attention away from the public sphere of left-wing terrorist action, and towards what to date have been considered minor or secondary, private arenas. A prominent thesis was that women's political violence was a natural consequence of their liberation, and in that vein female terrorists were frequently depicted as tough, fearless, and masculine, and as foreign bodies, alien to the body politic of the nation.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Geschlechterforschung (Maihofer)
UniBasel Contributors:Grisard, Dominique M
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Series Name:Routledge studies in gender and global politics
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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