Date Thesis Awarded

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

English

Advisor

Varun Begley

Committee Member

Christy Burns

Committee Member

Coleen Kennedy

Committee Member

Robert Leventhal

Abstract

Terrorism is a concept that, as its varied rhetorical employments throughout history prove, has long evaded semantic consistency or stable meaning. With special attention to the events leading up to 9/11 and the corresponding public discourse of the "War on Terror," this study will demonstrate how art-- in particular the socially engaged dramatic texts coming from Great Britain-- addresses this conceptual behemoth, ultimately "deconstructing" how it is a Western neoliberal ideology conceives of itself in relation to the Other.