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Affective Landscapes

Representations of Terrorism and Violence by Basque Female Authors

Cristina Ortiz Ceberio and María Pilar Rodríguez

Affective Landscapes: Representation of Terrorism and Violence by Basque Female Authors draws from contemporary social and cultural theory of affect to analyze the Basque Country’s political violence since the birth of the terrorist organization E.T.A. The study focuses on how this violence has been represented in contemporary works of literature and cinema authored by women and examines the alternative means these authors use to examine political violence from a gendered perspective. The artistic works analyzed in this volume highlight the connection between violence and the production of specific affective states; these authors’ stories illustrate the pernicious effects that violence has for human relationality and social bonds. As such, the study provides new readings of seminal works authored by Basque women during this period of violence and, in doing so, it renders a much-needed contribution to the place that their artistic productions have in providing a novel understanding of the Basque political reality. The study presents a groundbreaking analysis to understand the centrality of affect as a unique prism to approach violent contexts, to present different affirmations of the "political," and to bring to light social dynamics otherwise unnoticed.

Artistic Representations of Violence from a Gender Perspective: The Affective Turn – The Identity Question: A Journey Back and Forth – Gender and Political Violence: The First Literary Representations: Nerea eta biok (Nerea and I) and Koaderno Gorria (The Red Notebook) – Ander eta Yul (Ander and Yul) and Yoyes: Death and Affective Disruptions in a Fractured Community – El Ángulo ciego (The Blind Spot) and El Comensal (The Dinner Guest): Affective Ramifications in Literary Representations of Political Violence – Mejor la ausencia (Better the Absence): Violence and Affective Ruptures – Back to the Past: Explorations of Domestic, Social, and Political Conflicts: Los turistas desganados (Listless Tourists), La línea del frente (The Front Line), and Los niños de Lemóniz (The Children of Lemoniz) – Some Final Thoughts.