Fighting the Need to be Normal: Terrorists and other Muslim Characters

  • Lenore Bell


This chapter discusses the portrayal of terrorists and those suspected of terrorism. It draws parallels between depictions of terrorists and alien invasion narratives from 1950s and 1960s cinema. Also examines the depoliticization of the terrorist’s motives.


9/11 critical race theory blood Cold War whiteness innocence literature New York City the Other stereotypes New Jersey Liam O’Flaherty Hélène Cixous space aliens The Day the Earth Stood Still Martin Amis Muhammad Atta Don DeLillo Jarett Kobek John Updike Fagin Dickens queerness leftist terrorism Red Brigades Jasbir Puar misogyny Muslims Islam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lenore Bell
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  1. 1.St AndrewsFifeUnited Kingdom

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