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Blasted Literature: Victorian Political Fiction and the Shock of Modernism

Deaglan O Donghaile


This book examines types of political and literary disruption. Between 1880 and 1915, a range of writers exploited terrorism's political shocks for their own artistic ends. Drawing on late-Victorian ‘dynamite novels’ by authors including Robert Louis Stevenson, Tom Greer and Robert Thynne, radical journals and papers, such as The Irish People, The Torch, Anarchy and Freiheit, and modernist writing from H. G. Wells and Joseph Conrad to the compulsively militant modernism of Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists, the book maps the political and aesthetic connections that bind the shilling shocker clo ... More

Keywords: literary disruption, terrorism, political shocks, dynamite novels, Vorticists, aesthetic connections, modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640676
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deaglan O Donghaile, author