Chapter 13. “Gendering” Terror: Representations of the Female “Freedom Fighter” in Contemporary Sri Lankan Literature and Cultural Production

  1. Elleke Boehmer Professor2 and
  2. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer3
  1. Neluka Silva Professor Head visiting lecturer creative writer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch13

Terror and the Postcolonial

Terror and the Postcolonial

How to Cite

Silva, N. (2009) “Gendering” Terror: Representations of the Female “Freedom Fighter” in Contemporary Sri Lankan Literature and Cultural Production, in Terror and the Postcolonial (eds E. Boehmer and S. Morton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191548

Online ISBN: 9781444310085

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Keywords:

  • “Gendering” terror, female “Freedom Fighter” in Sri Lankan Literature;
  • female militant;
  • Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Sri Lankan Army - women in its military force;
  • women LTTE cadres in Tamil nationalist movement in Sri Lanka;
  • “armed virgin,” suicide bomber - as weapons for LTTE;
  • female militant in Contemporary Sri Lankan cultural texts;
  • Thahanam Adaviya - complex and sensitive rendering of female militant;
  • Gendering Terror in Sri Lankan Literature;
  • Western cultural practices and corrupting effects of colonialism;
  • radical shift from “masculinised virgin warrior” to “feminine lover” in dominant cultural production

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Female Militant: Critical Readings

  • Aggressor to Victim: The Female Militant in Contemporary Sri Lankan Cultural Texts

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • References and Further Reading