By Deaglán Ó Donghaile

Dynamite novels meet intellectual modernism through the effect of terrorism. among 1880 and 1915, a variety of writers exploited terrorism's political shocks for his or her personal creative ends. Drawing on late-Victorian 'dynamite novels' by way 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.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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See Joyce, The Rule of Freedom, pp. 148, 149, 189. 36. See ‘Crimes and Criminals,’ The Strand Magazine, p. 129. 1 & 2, Spring/ Summer 2007, pp. 180–200, p. 196. See ‘Dynamite Explosions: The Tower and the Palace of Westminster’, The Illustrated London News, 31 January 1885, p. 123. See Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Confessions of a Unionist: An Unpublished “Talk on Things Current”’ (Cambridge, MA: privately printed, 1921), pp. 11–12, 14–16. 37. The Illustrated London News, 31 January 1885, p. 127. 38.

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. indd 25 06/01/2011 09:55 Blasted Literature 26 64.

According to The Times, Daly was intent on ‘the wholesale murder of the most eminent men in the country’. See ‘The Dynamite Party, Past and Present’, The Times, Saturday, 24 April 1886, p. 8. 2. ‘Crimes and Criminals. No. 1. – Dynamite and Dynamiters’, The Strand Magazine, Vol. VII, Jan–June 1894, pp. 119–32, p. 119. 3. Richard Henry Savage, The Anarchist: A Story of To-Day (Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1894), 2 vols, Vol. 1, p. 86. Subsequent quotations are from this edition. 4. The responses of writers to September 11th differ from those of their nineteenth-century counterparts, as novels like Ian McEwan’s Saturday, John Updike’s Terrorist, Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children and Don De Lillo’s Falling Man can hardly be considered as penny dreadfuls.

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