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Ophelia’s terror: anatomising the figure of the female suicide bomber in The Al-Hamlet Summit

Walkling, Saffron Vickers (2019) Ophelia’s terror: anatomising the figure of the female suicide bomber in The Al-Hamlet Summit. Cahiers Élisabéthains.

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Abstract

2002: three months, three Palestinian women, three bombs. Sulayman Al-Bassam premiered The Al-Hamlet Summit, his political appropriation of Hamlet, Darwish’s Palestinian poetry, and Müller’s Hamletmachine, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mapping the politics of anger and despair onto Shakespeare’s play, he suggests that terrorism from Palestine to the US is rooted in colonialism and Western military interventions in the Middle East. Hamlet is a jihadist, Horatio becomes a British Arms Dealer and Ophelia, a suicide bomber. This paper explores the politics of representation in the body of Ophelia, who is anatomised as she detonates herself under the palace orange trees.

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Additional Information: Walkling, Saffron Vickers, Ophelia’s terror: anatomising the figure of the female suicide bomber in The Al-Hamlet Summit, in Cahiers Élisabéthains. Copyright © 2019. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0184767819836437
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3750

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