The mysterious case of Aafia Siddiqui : Gothic intertextual analysis of neo-Orientalist narratives
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When Aafia Siddiqui ‘disappeared’ from her upper-middle class life in Boston in 2003 due to accusations that she was involved in al Qaeda, competing narratives from the US government, media, and her family emerged striving to convince the American public of her guilt or innocence. These narratives were rooted in a gendered form of neo-Orientalism that informed and structured the War on Terror. The narratives, of innocent Soccer Mom, nefarious Lady al Qaeda, and mentally fragile Grey lady, sought to explain how a well-educated woman could possibly be involved with a terrorist organisation. This article uses intertextual analysis to draw parallels between Gothic literature and the Siddiqui narratives. Gothic literature’s dependency upon gendered unease is particularly evident in the Siddiqui narratives, which then reveal the uncertainties within the War on Terror, particularly those related to American exceptionalism.
Gentry , C E 2016 , ' The mysterious case of Aafia Siddiqui : Gothic intertextual analysis of neo-Orientalist narratives ' , Millennium: Journal of International Studies , vol. 45 , no. 1 , pp. 3-24 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829816647120
Millennium: Journal of International Studies
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