Three Women, Three Bombs

Jacques Lezra

in Wild Materialism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232352
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235889 | DOI:
Three Women, Three Bombs

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This chapter returns to the immediate historical context with which the book opens—the ticking-bomb scenario, the assassination of Spain's president in 1973. It treats the imbrication of the phenomenon of European decolonization with the emergence of the specific form of terrorism that occupies the media and much of the cultural imaginary today: the fantasmatic figure of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, as embodied in the figure of the veiled female bomber. The two small cultural storms at issue—one over the strategic function that lay intellectuals ascribed to Algerian women's reassumption of the veil, the other over the aestheticizing technique that came to be called, eponymously, “the tracking shot in Kapo”—inflect the “three women, three bombs” montage representing the terrorist bombings at the heart of The Battle of Algiers.

Keywords: bomb; assassination; Spain; president; terrorism; female; veil; women; Battle of Algiers

Chapter.  11513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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