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Exploiting the Apostles of Destruction: Anarchism, Modernism and the Penny Dreadful

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/9780748640676.003.0004
Exploiting the Apostles of Destruction: Anarchism, Modernism and the Penny Dreadful

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This chapter considers the negative impression Europeans and Americans had of anarchism during the late nineteenth century. It introduces propaganda by the deed, which provided anarchists with linguistic and conceptual metaphors of action and belief. It looks at how Richard Henry Savage compared the shocks of anarchist violence to the chaotic impact of modern industrial capitalism. The remaining half of the chapter focuses on anarchist modernism, anarchism as a literary intervention, the impact of immigration on Britain's collective and political identity, and H. G. Wells' treatment of the theme of anarchism in his novel The Invisible Man.

Keywords: anarchism; propaganda; Richard Henry Savage; anarchist violence; industrial capitalism; anarchist modernism; literary intervention; immigration; H. G. Wells

Chapter.  19011 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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