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Terrorism and Literature

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Peter C. Herman, Reuven Firestone, Robert Appelbaum, Lindsay Parker, Gillian O'Brien, Nathan Greenfield, Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, Simon Prince, Lorenzo Bosi, David Cook, Joseph Crawford, Deaglán Ó Donghaile, Lynn Patyk , Ann Larabaee, Ève Morisi, Tony Shaw, Tom Walker, Rachel S. Harris, Michael C. Frank, David Simpson, Richard Jackson, Linda Kauffman, Tim Gauthier, Ian Ward, Daniel O'Gorman, Ann Keniston, Alex Houen
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  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108498241

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  • Terrorism has long been a major shaping force in the world. However, the meanings of terrorism, as a word and as a set of actions, are intensely contested. This volume explores how literature has dealt with terrorism from the Renaissance to today, inviting the reader to make connections between older instances of terrorism and contemporary ones, and to see how the various literary treatments of terrorism draw on each other. The essays demonstrate that the debates around terrorism only give the fictive imagination more room, and that fiction has a great deal to offer in terms of both understanding terrorism and our responses to it. Written by historians and literary critics, the essays provide essential knowledge to understand terrorism in its full complexity. As befitting a global problem, this book brings together a truly international group of scholars, with representatives from America, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Israel, and other countries.

    • Combines history and literature to provide detailed context for understanding terrorism in literature
    • Contributors are drawn from a range of countries and perspectives
    • Brings together works from multiple genres from the Renaissance to today
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    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498241
    • length: 542 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Peter C. Herman
    Part I. Origins: The Varieties of Terrorism:
    1. Savagery and the sacred: the rhetoric of terror and its consequences in the scriptural monotheisms Reuven Firestone
    2. Early modern terrorism Robert Appelbaum
    3. 'Carrying patriotism in their hearts': the terror in the French Revolution Lindsay Parker
    4. Methodology and martyrs: Irish American Republicanism in the late nineteenth century Gillian O'Brien
    5. 'Play's the thing': how governments in nineteenth and early twentieth century North America used 'terrorism to further their own ends Nathan Greenfield
    6. The nation-state's other: postcolonial terrorism in the Indian context Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
    7. Conflict and violence in the early Northern-Irish troubles Simon Prince
    8. Social-revolutionary violence in Western Europe: the case of the Red Brigades' trajectory, during the 1970s and early 1980s Lorenzo Bosi
    9. Terrorism in the Middle East David Cook
    Part II. Development: Terrorism in Literature:
    10. Terrorism in literature to 1642 Robert Appelbaum
    11. 'Terror in inquisition': terrorists and inquisitors in the British Gothic literature of the 1790s Joseph Crawford
    12. 'Parliament is burning': dynamite, terrorism and the English novel Deaglán Ó Donghaile
    13. Dostoevsky's terrorism trilogy Lynn Patyk
    14. Perils and pleasures of the bloody oath: the nihilist conspiracy in American popular fiction, 1881–1901 Ann Larabaee
    15. Staging the limit: Albert Camus's just assassins and the il/legitimacy of terrorism Ève Morisi
    16. Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers and terrorism on film Tony Shaw
    17. 'Something in the making': writing in the troubles and the singularity of Northern Irish literature Tom Walker
    18. No heroes in a cycle of violence: collaborators, perpetrators and the never-ending terror of the Arab-Israeli conflict Rachel S. Harris
    19. 'Why do they hate us?' Terrorists in American and British fiction of the mid-2000s Michael C. Frank
    20. Terrorism in theory David Simpson
    Part III. Applications: Terrorism Today:
    21. Sympathy for the devil: evil, taboo, and the terrorist figure in literature Richard Jackson
    22. War after war: terrorism and retaliation in Don DeLillo's Point Omega Linda Kauffman
    23. Conceptual confusion: the ambiguities of the war on terror in Roy-Bhattacharya's The Watch and O'Hagan's The Illuminations Tim Gauthier
    24. Terror, testament, and trial Ian Ward
    25. Global terror/global literature Daniel O'Gorman
    26. Recipient unknown: terrorism and the other in post-9/11 American poetry Ann Keniston
    27. Samson among the terrorologists Peter C. Herman
    28. Afterword Alex Houen.

  • Editor

    Peter C. Herman, San Diego State University
    Peter C. Herman is Professor of English Literature at San Diego State University. His most recent publications are A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature in Context (2011), Royal Poetrie: Monarchic Verse and the Political Imaginary of Early Modern England (2010), The New Milton Criticism (Cambridge, 2012), and Destabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Incertitude (2005).

    Contributors

    Peter C. Herman, Reuven Firestone, Robert Appelbaum, Lindsay Parker, Gillian O'Brien, Nathan Greenfield, Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, Simon Prince, Lorenzo Bosi, David Cook, Joseph Crawford, Deaglán Ó Donghaile, Lynn Patyk , Ann Larabaee, Ève Morisi, Tony Shaw, Tom Walker, Rachel S. Harris, Michael C. Frank, David Simpson, Richard Jackson, Linda Kauffman, Tim Gauthier, Ian Ward, Daniel O'Gorman, Ann Keniston, Alex Houen

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