Volume 33, November 2015
This paper seeks to engage with women’s bodily experiences of becoming militant. I contend that we need to ask, particularly in the case of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but possibly in relation to other militant groups as well, whether becoming militant for women, is merely synonymous with adopting a more masculine or androgynous identity? What are the implications of becoming militant for women’s material, bodily experiences? In this paper I explore the literaryrepresentations of LTTE’s women suicide bombers and their gendered, bodily transformations, by engaging with a textual portrayal: Sri Lankan writer Visakesa Chandrasekaram’s novel, Tigers Don’t Confess (2011).