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Corps de terreur : genres, races et sexualités dans les représentations hollywoodiennes du terrorisme (1960-2010)

Abstract : Even though terrorist violence is defined by a manifest political agenda, for decades Hollywood has created terrorist vilains with no specific political motivations. This study argues that the apparent lack of political content in the fictional representations of terrorism is actually compensated by an other political agenda that has to be read onto the bodies of those fictional terrorists and appears chiefly through gender, race and sexuality. Following a chronological approach, this study systematically connects the historical, sociological, and cultural contexts of production in order to highlight how Hollywood constructed an archetypal character of which unique features consist of communicating different speeches that help the dominant American cultural groups to permanently negotiate and strengthen their hegemonic power. After locating its origins in the spy fiction films of the 1960’s, we have studied the representations of terrorism over five decades. We were then able to demonstrate that the attacks of 9/11 were not a critical shift in Hollywood depiction of terrorism but rather forced the industry to leave behind a fictional construction which became unbearable after its emergence in what we have called « a postmodern reality ».
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Michel Bondurand Mouawad. Corps de terreur : genres, races et sexualités dans les représentations hollywoodiennes du terrorisme (1960-2010). Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016USPCA116⟩. ⟨tel-01576699⟩

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