Robert Appelbaum

in Terrorism Before the Letter

Published in print December 2015 | ISBN: 9780198745761
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191808197 | DOI:

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In keeping with the first category of action according to the grammar of motives, terrorist violence is discussed as an ‘act’. There are decisive moments, the passage à l’acte in many accounts, but sometimes terrorism is discussed as an ‘unfortunate incident’, which came to pass as if spontaneously. The crucial movement in any story is the appreciation of a symbolic and existential crisis, the hatching of a plan, the coming of a passage into action, and perhaps most importantly what is called ‘disambiguation’. Terrorist violence sends a message, but the message needs to be reiterated, clarified, broadcast, and assented to. Texts focused on include Du Bartas’s La Judit, Belleforest’s Amleth, and accounts of the assassination of Caesar, the Massacre at Vassy, the Saint Bartholomew Massacre, the Amboise Conspiracy, and the assassination of Concino Concini. The desecration of corpses subsequent to terrorist violence is described.

Keywords: César; Julius Caesar; La Judit; Amleth; Massacre at Paris; Gaspar de Coligny; Concino Concini

Chapter.  16175 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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