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Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James and the City of Encounters

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640676.003.0002
Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James and the City of Encounters

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This chapter discusses the ‘dynamite novels’ of Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson. It notes that these novels are both concerned with the relationship between political violence and late Victorian urban modernity, as well as the relationship between political violence and culture. These novels also explore the metropolitan conditions that produce and maintain terrorism. In some ways, they also address the cultural impact of terrorism upon the late Victorian imagination.

Keywords: dynamite novels; Henry James; Robert Louis Stevenson; political violence; urban modernity; metropolitan conditions; terrorism; cultural impact; late Victorian imagination

Chapter.  15481 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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