Terrorism and Modern Literature From Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson

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  • Copyright: 2002-11-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Looking at 100 years of terrorism in print--from Conrad on Anarchism in the 1880s to Seamus Heaney and Ciaran Carson on the "Troubles" in the 1980s-- Terrorism and Modern Literature offers a fresh perspective on terrorism's cultural aftermath. In this first extensive study of the phenomenon, Alex Houen explores the historical and political dimensions of writing terrorism in the modern world.

Author Biography

Alex Houen is Lecturer in English Literature and American Studies, University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Figuring 11 September 2001p. 1
Definitions and Discourses of Terrorismp. 7
Literary Approaches to Terrorismp. 17
Fenians and Anarchistsp. 21
Joseph Conrad: Entropolitics and the Sense of Terrorp. 34
The Secret Agent: Anarchism and the Thermodynamics of Lawp. 34
Sublime Subversions: Female Terrorism and Popular Victorian Fictionp. 54
Under Western Eyes: The Sense of Terrorp. 66
Wyndham Lewis: Literary 'Strikes' and Allegorical Assaultsp. 93
Refiguring the Avant-Garde: Vorticism's Syndicalismp. 93
'Enemy of the Stars'p. 107
Vorticism and Suffragette Violencep. 121
'The Crowd Master'p. 131
'Cantleman's Spring Mate'p. 137
Ezra Pound: Anti-Semitism, Segregationism, and the 'Arsenal of Live Thought'p. 143
Radio Assassinationp. 143
Pound and Italian Fascismp. 150
Heidegger and the Institution of Terrorp. 154
Heaven by Holocaust: The Pisan Cantosp. 158
Pound and John Kasper: A Guide to KKKulchurp. 172
'Maintain antisepsis, let the light pour': The Rock-Drill and Thrones Cantosp. 185
Walter Abish: Plotting Everyday Terrorp. 192
Sketches of Atrocityp. 192
Situationism and 'Happenings'p. 199
How German Is Itp. 205
'The blood of Jews or the blood of cops'p. 213
Terrorism, Potentiality, Real-izationp. 222
Conclusion: Re-placing Terror: Poetic Mappings of Northern Ireland's 'Troubles'p. 235
A Postmodern State of Emergency?p. 235
Northern Ireland: The Grounds of Conflictp. 239
Poetry and Place: Rewriting the Dinnseanchasp. 246
Ciaran Carson's Belfast Poemsp. 259
Terrorism and Legislation in Northern Irelandp. 264
The Poem's Map: Making the World Possiblep. 269
The Diaphor: Surveying the Tropes of Terror and Violencep. 273
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 306
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