Terrorism as a factor of public life has generated far-reaching and as yet underexplored questions about narrative and representation. Different textual forms can investigate both the symbolic and the performative character of terroristic acts. Diverse literary traditions, ranging from countries of Eastern and Western Europe to North America and the Middle East, bring their respective historical imaginations to bear on such representations. The essays collected in this volume join together in a transdisciplinary effort that seeks to further our understanding of the role of narrative practice in all its varieties in approaching the phenomenon of terrorism, whether historical or contemporaneous.
Thomas Austenfeld is Professor of American Literature; Dimiter Daphinoff is Professor of British Literature, and Jens Herlth is Professor of Slavic Literature at the University of Fribourg.