Two Chronotopes of the Terrorist Genre
In this chapter, Deane proposes the existence of a “terrorist genre,” which has emerged from screen media in the last decade, methodologically defined and identified according to Mickhail Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope. Deane looks at the made-for-TV film Flight 93 (Peter Markle, 2006) and the TV series Homeland (2011—present) as examples of the terrorist genre in the post-9/11 period. Deane identifies two key chronotopes—television news about terrorist events and the control room in crisis—as essential features of the genre. Deane furthermore reflects on the nature and consequences of making such an intervention, be it in the field of film genre or in any act of definition and classification.
KeywordsTerrorism studies Chronotope Mikhail Bakhtin Control room Television news
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