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Terrorism and Literature


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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 Deaglan O 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 Eve 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.

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The first book to examine terrorism in global literature since the Renaissance, in new essays by historians and literary critics.

About the Author

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).

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