Literature and Terrorism

Literature and Terrorism

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This book looks at the presence and effects of "terrorism" as a central political and literary concept in the modern novel. He argues that the "literary" and the "political" are rarely resolved in a fictional sense. Literary and terroristic discourses, Osbourne argues, in fact undermine one another - a process which provides insights into both the psychology of terrorism and the politics of literature. The book starts with a historical and theoretical overview of the rise of modern terrorism, tracing it from its historical roots in the ideological politics of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Osbourne looks at terrorism in Russia as depicted in the writing of 19th century Russian novelists, and by Joseph Conrad and Henry James. He considers the portrayal of Irish Nationalist violence in the writings of Yeats, Joyce, Liam O'Flaherty, Jack Clitheroe and Frank O'Connor. And he investigates the broad ambiguities of the intellectual perspective on terrorism including Dostoevsky, Bulgarian poet Pejo Javarov, Serge, Lessing, Sartre and Le more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745303722
  • 9780745303727