Shock, Politics, Literature

Deaglán Ó Donghaile

in Blasted Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640676
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651689 | DOI:
Shock, Politics, Literature

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This introductory chapter discusses the connection between bombs and books. It starts with a description of the bomb exhibits in the Black Museum during the 1890s. It examines the potential of writing about unbridled political and cultural chaos, which appealed to writers during the end of the nineteenth century. It then takes a look at the imperceptibility of the stateless anarchist, which is underlined by his/her trans-national character. The chapter also looks at some literary works that translated the shocks of anarchism and Fenianism into popular and modernist literary capital.

Keywords: bombs; books; political chaos; cultural chaos; imperceptibility; stateless anarchist; trans-national character; anarchism; Fenianism; modernist literary capital

Chapter.  11337 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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