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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 Modernism: Blast and the Radical Politics of Vorticism

Shock Modernism: Blast and the Radical Politics of Vorticism

(p.179) Chapter 5 Shock Modernism: Blast and the Radical Politics of Vorticism
Blasted Literature

Deaglán Ó Donghaile

Edinburgh University Press

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

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