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British Terrorist Novels of the 1970s

Authors: Darlington, Joseph

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  • Examines works by well-known authors such as Graham Greene and Doris Lessing, alongside works from lesser-studied writers such as Eric Ambler and Fredrick Forsyth
    Considers a wide variety of terrorist groups, from the Provisional IRA to The Angry Brigade
    Situates and rationalises the wealth of 1970s terrorism novels in their historical and political contexts

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About this book

This book discusses British novels published during the 1970s which feature terrorists either as main characters or a major plot points. The focus on terrorism’s literary depiction provides insight into the politics of the decade. The book analyses texts from Gerald Seymour, Anthony Burgess, V.S. Naipaul, Graham Greene, Doris Lessing, B.S. Johnson, Tom Sharpe, and Eric Ambler, among others, in order to engage with the IRA, the end of Empire, counterculture and environmentalism. The book provides a brief history of terrorism as a concept and tactic before discussing British literature’s relationship with terrorism. It presents a “standard terrorist morphology” by which to analyse terrorist narratives along with other insights into the British post-war imagination, writing and extremism.

About the authors

Joseph Darlington is Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Digital Animation with Illustration at Futureworks Media School. His completed a PhD in 2014 on British experimental novelists, was awarded a Harry Ransom Fellowship and is co-editor of BSJ: The B.S. Johnson Journal. He has published widely on literature, culture and technology.

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“The structure and clarity of this book is superb. … The point to make is that this book is as useful to film studies as it is to literature studies and politics. It would also serve a more avid but non-academic cineaste well. … I finish the book feeling that the limits of my world are the limits of what I can know … . A historical and philosophical work then, too. Highly recommended.” (Steve Hanson, manchesterreviewofbooks.wordpress.com, November, 2018) 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Darlington, Joseph

  • A Short History of Terrorism as Concept and Tactic

    Pages 9-32

    Darlington, Joseph

  • The Terrorist Novel, Thrillers and Postcolonial Britain

    Pages 33-58

    Darlington, Joseph

  • Writing the IRA from the Mainland: Truth and Fiction

    Pages 59-85

    Darlington, Joseph

  • Countercultural Writers and The Angry Brigade

    Pages 87-116

    Darlington, Joseph

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77896-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77895-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-08567-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Terrorist Novels of the 1970s
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77896-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77896-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77895-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08567-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 152
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