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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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Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James and the City of Encounters

Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James and the City of Encounters

(p.27) Chapter 1 Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James and the City of Encounters
Blasted Literature

Deaglán Ó Donghaile

Edinburgh University Press

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

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