Once upon a time
Western genres and narrative constructions of a romantic jihad
The article examines the romantic narratives told by the “Islamic State” in the propaganda online videos of foreign fighters. Employing a method of narrative analysis, based on insight from Literary Studies and Narratology, it holds that while narratives of jihad differ to “war on terror” narratives told in the West with regard to their content, narratives of jihad employ a very western romantic genre style. Focusing on the narrative elements of setting, characterisation and emplotment the article illustrates a romantic narrative of jihad which contains classical elements of a romantic story in which the everyday person is forced to become a hero in a legitimate struggle against an unjust order for the greater good and in aid of the down trodden. The article thereby aims to contribute to the debate on why such narratives of jihad have an appeal in certain parts of western society.
- 2.The structure of narratives and the romantic genre
- 3.Romantic narratives in ISIL videos
Published online: 10 October 2018
Callahan, Kathe, Dubnick, Melvin and Olshfski, Dorothy
Chouliaraki, Lilie, and Angelos Kissas
Euben, Roxanne L.
Ewick, Patricia, and Susan Silbey
Fleisher Feldman, Carol
Friis, Simone Molin
Günther, Christoph, Mariella Ourghi, Susanne Schröter, and Nina Wiedl
Harmon, Christopher and Randall Bowdish
Herman, Luc, and Bart Vervaeck
Herrnstein Smith, Barbara
Jacobs, Ronald, and Philip Smith
Pfeifer, Hanna, and Michael Reder
Reynolds, Sean, and Mohammed Hafez
Siegel, Alexandra, and Joshua Tucker
Van Ginkel, Bibi, and Eva Entenmann
Cited by 2 other publications
Pfeifer, Hanna & Christoph Günther
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 19 april 2022. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.