Flood, MG (2016) Terrorism and visibility in Algeria’s ‘black decade’: Des hommes et des dieux (2010). French Cultural Studies, 27 (1). pp. 62-72. ISSN 1740-2352

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This article addresses the audio-visual representation of the victims of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism in Algeria in the 1990s, drawing on both historical and testimonial sources before examining Xavier Beauvois’s Des hommes et des dieux (2010). Based on a true story – the abduction and murder of a group of ex-colonial French monks– it offers a useful platform on which to interrogate the interactions of the representational and the political in relation to terrorism. Critical accounts of contemporary terrorism suggest that there has been a shift in focus from governments and terrorist organisations to an apprehension of the individual victim. However, examinations of the audio-visual can inform terrorism studies, pointing towards representational and socio-political occlusions by illuminating an implicit hierarchy of visibility. Certain lives, generally Western and Christian, are visible and mourned publicly when lost, while others, in this case Algerian, remain without an image.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Algeria, Xavier Beauvois, Judith Butler, film, terrorism, violence, visibility
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV6431 Terrorism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 09:51
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 11:32
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5222

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