Shock Modernism: <i>Blast</i> and the Radical Politics of Vorticism

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 Modernism: Blast and the Radical Politics of Vorticism

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This chapter discusses Blast, which is a journal where the individualist politics of anarchism were combined with an ‘exploding’ oppositional ideology of art and the radical politics of Vorticism. It begins by looking at the political and aesthetic radicalism of Vorticism. It then moves on to study Blast, which was designed to shock the aesthetic sensibilities of its readers and to create art out of ‘political activity’. The chapter also looks at the concepts of Futurism and Vorticist Individualism, and studies the end of individualism.

Keywords: Blast; individualist politics; anarchism; oppositional ideology; radical politics; Vorticism; political radicalism; aesthetic radicalism; Futurism; Vorticist Individualism

Chapter.  19952 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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