“Every Iraqi's Nightmare”: Blogging Peace in Occupied Baghdad

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Abstract:  The importance of war blogs is increasingly acknowledged, but their political dimensions remain largely unexplored. This paper provides a series of critical readings of Riverbend's Baghdad Burning and addresses two main issues. First, there is a systematic tension between the ways in which Riverbend is “subalternized” (by her readers and herself) and her attempts to reclaim the ground upon which post‐invasion Iraq is represented. Second, the invasion has fundamentally reworked the ways in which the figure of the “Iraqi” is constructed. These epistemological and ontological processes are always complex and partial: they occur at a variety of geographical scales and they are mobilized by a diversity of actors, making it very difficult to pin them down in time and space. Nevertheless, they highlight the difficulties of reducing Riverbend's project of resistance to a simple act of speaking out: of telling the reader what life is “really like” in occupied Baghdad.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00919.x

Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada;

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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