A Story about Ruin: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Omar El Akkad’s American War

Bettina Huber


This article analyzes Omar El Akkad’s 2017 novel American War from an ecofeminist perspective by examining the intersections between environmental issues, gender, and terrorism. The use of different text genres in the broader context of this fictionalized (self) life narrative will also be the focus of this analysis. As a case study for the overall argumentation, special emphasis will be placed on the depiction of the radicalization of the main character, Sara(t) Chestnut.


Omar El Akkad, American War, ecofeminist criticism, terrorism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17951/nh.2020.5.88-98
Data publikacji: 2020-09-04 12:41:32
Data złożenia artykułu: 2020-02-19 08:48:31


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