Michael F. O’Riley


On his book Cinema in an Age of Terror: North Africa, Victimization, and Colonial History

Cover Interview of May 15, 2011


Ideally, Cinema in an Age of Terror would enable some concerted reflection on the ways that reciprocal victimization structures terrorism.

More importantly, it might enable an understanding of how terrorism might be seen as a contest over the ideological territory of the victim.

Focusing, as it does, on such contests, the book demonstrates that victimization is central to the ways we see and create terror as well.

The cultural and theoretical works I examine might demonstrate, in a larger sense, how our decision to adopt or renounce the victim’s position may be central to the perpetuation of a historical cycle of violence and opposition.

© 2011 Michael F. O’Riley