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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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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Houen, Alex.
Terrorism and modern literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2002029059
(OCoLC)50055162
Named Person: Joseph Conrad; Wyndham Lewis; Ciaran Carson; Ezra Pound; Walter Abish; Ciarán Carson; Walter Abish; Ciaran Carson; Joseph Conrad; Wyndham Lewis; Ezra Pound
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Houen
ISBN: 0585486166 9780585486161 1280914084 9781280914089
OCLC Number: 53971578
Description: 1 online resource (x, 310 pages)
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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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. Ranging from the 1880s to the 1980s, the terrorism examined is as diverse as the literary writings on it: chapters include discussions of Joseph Conrad's novels on Anarchism and Russian Nihilism; Wyndham Lewis's avant-garde responses to Syndicalism and the militant Suffragettes; Ezra Pound's poetic entanglement with Segregationist violence; Walter Abish's fictions about West German urban guerrillas; and Seamus Heaney's and Ciaran Carson's poems on the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland. In each instance, Alex Houen explores how the literary writer figures clashes or collusions between terrorist violence and discursive performativity. What is revealed is that writing on terrorism has frequently involved refiguring the force of literature itself.; In terrorism studies the cultural impact of terrorism has often been accounted for with rigid, structural theories of its discursive roots. But what about the performative effects of violence on discourse? Addressing the issue of this mutual contagion, Terrorism and Modern Literature shows that the mediation and effects of terrorism have been historically variable. Referring to a variety of sources in addition to the literature-newspaper and journal articles, legislation, letters, manifestos-the book shows how terrorism and the literature on it have been embroiled in wider cultural fields. The result is not just a timely intervention in debates about terrorism's performativity. Drawing on literary/critical theory and philosophy, it is also a major contribution to debates about the historical and political dimensions of modernist and postmodernist literary practices.

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