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By Deaglán Ó Donghaile

Dynamite novels meet intellectual modernism through the impression of terrorism. among 1880 and 1915, a variety of writers exploited terrorism's political shocks for his or her personal inventive ends. Drawing on late-Victorian 'dynamite novels' through authors together with Robert Louis Stevenson, Tom Greer and Robert Thynne, radical journals and papers, similar to The Irish humans, 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, Ó Donghaile maps the political and aesthetic connections that bind the shilling shocker heavily to modernism

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Blasted literature : Victorian political fiction and the shock of modernism

Dynamite novels meet intellectual modernism through the effect of terrorism. among 1880 and 1915, more than a few writers exploited terrorism's political shocks for his or her personal creative ends. Drawing on late-Victorian 'dynamite novels' by means of authors together with Robert Louis Stevenson, Tom Greer and Robert Thynne, radical journals and papers, corresponding to The Irish humans, The Torch, Anarchy and Freiheit, and modernist writing from H.

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Its lack of predictability – the very fact that it could not be anticipated – is what distinguishes this modern terrorism from earlier models of revolutionary violence. For Burke, terror had a psychic as well as a physical effect but the ‘unprecedented sensory complexity and intensity’ of the late nineteenth century, with its new media and technologies of communication, such as the penny evening paper, the telegraph and the cinema, meant that new competitors seeking the public’s attention would have to go to considerable lengths to get it.

Little and James Brown, 1840), pp. 3–4. See Eric Hobsbawm and George Rudé, Captain Swing (London: Phoenix, 2001). See Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Capital, 1848–1875 (London: Abacus, 2001), especially chap. 6, ‘The Forces of Democracy’. See Clymer, America’s Culture of Terrorism, p. 5. See ‘A Merciless War Must be waged against the Pirate Empire’, The Irish World and American Industrial Liberator, 26 January 1884, p. 3, ‘A Grand Hunt All Round England for Dynamite’, The Irish World and American Industrial Liberator, 29 March 1884, p.

33. , 1892), p. 1. 34. Havelock Ellis, The Criminal (London: Walter Scott, 1890), p. 2. Emma Goldman, who read Ellis and found models for her own anarchist thought in his work, described the European anarchist ‘Attentäter’ as a ‘sensitive human being’ and the revolutionary as a ‘modern Christ’. See Emma Goldman, ‘The Psychology of Political Violence’, Anarchism and Other Essays (New York: Dover Publications, 1969), pp. 79–108. Quotations from pp. 82, 93. See also Goldman, Living My Life (New York: Dover Publications, 1970), 2 vols, Vol.

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