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- DescriptionIs literature dangerous? By looking at a range of vels about terrorism, this work raises the possibility that the writer's relationship to actual politics may be considerably reduced in the age of television and the Internet. Margaret Scanlan traces the figure of the writer as rival or double of the terrorist from its origins in the romantic conviction of the writer's originality and power through a century of political, social and techlogical developments that undermine that belief. She argues that serious writers like Friedrich Durrenmatt, Doris Lessing, and Don DeLillo imagine a contemporary writer's encounter with terrorists as a test of the old alliance between writer and revolutionary. After considering the possibility that televised terrorism is replacing the vel, or that writing, as contemporary theory would have it, is itself a form of violence, Scanlan asks whether the revolutionary impulse itself is dying - in politics as much as in literature. Her analyses take the reader on an exploration of the relationship between actual bombs and stories about bombings, from the modern world to its electronic representation, and from the exercise of political power to the fiction writer's power in the world.
- Author BiographyMargaret Scanlan, Department Chair and Professor of English at Indiana University South Bend, is the author of Traces of Another Time: History and Politics in Postwar British Fiction.
- Author(s)Margaret Scanlan
- PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2001
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCharlottesville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Virginia Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight336 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
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