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Blasted LiteratureVictorian Political Fiction and the Shock of Modernism$
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Deaglan O Donghaile

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640676

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640676.001.0001

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Shock, Politics, Literature

Shock, Politics, Literature

(p.1) Introduction: Shock, Politics, Literature
Blasted Literature

Deaglán Ó Donghaile

Edinburgh University Press

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

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