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Terrorism and modern literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson

Author: Alex Houen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"Is terrorism's violence essentially symbolic? Does it impact on culture primarily through the media? What kinds of performative effect do the various discourses surrounding terrorism have? Such questions have not only become increasingly important in terrorism studies, they have also been concerns for many literary writers." "This book is the first extensive study of modern literature's engagement with terrorism.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Joseph Conrad; Wyndham Lewis; Ciaran Carson; Ezra Pound; Walter Abish; Ciarán Carson; Joseph Conrad; Wyndham Lewis; Ciaran Carson; Ezra Pound; Walter Abish; Walter Abish; Ciaran Carson; Joseph Conrad; Wyndham Lewis; Ezra Pound
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Houen
ISBN: 019818770X 9780198187707 0198187718 9780198187714
OCLC Number: 50055162
Description: x, 310 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Joseph Conrad: entropolitics and the sense of terror --
Wyndham Lewis: literary 'strikes' and allegorical assaults --
Ezra Pound: anti-Semitism, segregationism and the 'arsenal of live thought' --
Walter Abish: plotting everyday terror --
Conclusion : re-placing terror: poetic mappings of Northern Ireland's 'troubles'.
Responsibility: Alex Houen.
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Ranging from the 1880s to the 1980s and examining occurrences of terrorism as diverse as the literary writings on it, this work offers a fresh perspective on terrorism's cultural effects, as well as  Read more...

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