Chapter 16. Bodies of Terror: Performer and Witness

  1. Elleke Boehmer Professor2 and
  2. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer3
  1. Emma Brodzinski Senior Lecturer dramatherapist

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch16

Terror and the Postcolonial

Terror and the Postcolonial

How to Cite

Brodzinski, E. (2009) Bodies of Terror: Performer and Witness, in Terror and the Postcolonial (eds E. Boehmer and S. Morton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191548

Online ISBN: 9781444310085



  • bodies of terror - performer and witness;
  • In Stages of Terror - Anthony Kubiak positing theatrical activity as primal force;
  • terrorist attack - Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001;
  • exploring psychological ramifications of events;
  • Anderson's Happiness - political right to pursue happiness in the face of public security loss;
  • Within Happiness - “when things disappear they leave a void”;
  • process of witnessing within performance;
  • My Neck Is Thinner Than a Hair - A History of the Car Bomb in 1975–1991 Lebanese Wars;
  • theater and “the real terrorisms of ruptured bodies and wounded minds”;
  • psychic after-shock of terrorist activity and what it is to witness wounding and trauma


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bodies of Terror

  • Happiness

  • My Neck Is Thinner Than a Hair

  • Conclusion

  • References and Further Reading