‘The Doctrine of Dynamite’: Anarchist Literature and Terrorist Violence

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:
‘The Doctrine of Dynamite’: Anarchist Literature and Terrorist Violence

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This chapter explores late nineteenth-century anarchism, anarchist literature and terrorist violence. It first observes that printed propaganda was the most characteristic form of anarchist activity in late Victorian Britain. It then looks at the reactions of British and American anarchists to the Haymarket tragedy, which showed the developing militancy of anarchism. It studies terrorism and British anarchist newspapers and even presents an analysis of the London anarchist movement. The chapter considers the influence anarchism had on fin de siècle literature and the conservative response to anarchist literature. The last section in the chapter is about the shock-value of anarchism and how it was used in advertising.

Keywords: anarchist literature; terrorist violence; printed propaganda; anarchist activity; Haymarket tragedy; militancy; anarchist newspapers; London anarchist movement; fin de siècle literature; shock-value

Chapter.  18796 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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