One of the most important fields for the intersection of literary-theoretical and ethical discourses, particularly in the context of late 20th and 21st century American culture is the discursive construction of the concept of terrorism. This research-oriented seminar aims at a fundamental and theory-informed analysis of this discursive construction in the United States. After developing a theoretical structure that will also introduce participants to theories/methods of discourse analysis, cognitive narratology, ethical criticism, and cultural studies, students will take on their own research projects, collecting and analysing corpora that will range from political speeches, laws and regulations, journalism and (auto)biography all the way to novels, movies, and video games. These will be presented and discussed during the semester, and can be expanded into term papers afterwards.