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Shamara Ransirini

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Volume 33, November 2015

Becoming militant: Narrative of (dis?) embodiment in Visakesa Chandrasekaram’s Tigers Don’t Confess



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).


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