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Dead MatterThe Meaning of Iconic Corpses$
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Margaret Schwartz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694334

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694334.001.0001

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Martyred Bodies

Martyred Bodies

Emmett Till and Hamza al-Khateeb

(p.53) 2 Martyred Bodies
Dead Matter

Margaret Schwartz

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 2 looks at bodies known as victims of atrocity (Emmett Till, the Syrian boy Hamza al-Khateeb) to understand the ways in which the corpse as object may be called upon to signify a marginalized “body politic” or population, at the expense of the social identity of the deceased.

Keywords:   Martyr, Atrocity, Emmett Till, Hamza al-Khateeb, Body politic, Social identity

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