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At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland

Sarah Cole


This book argues that the literature of the early twentieth-century in England and Ireland was deeply organized around a reckoning with grievous violence, imagined as intimate, direct, and often transformative. The book aims to excavate and amplify a consistent feature of this literature, which is that its central operations (formal as well as thematic) emerge specifically in reference to violence. The book offers a variety of new terms and paradigms for reading violence in literary works, most centrally the concepts it names “enchanted and disenchanted violence.” In addition to defining key a ... More

Keywords: violence, modernism, English literature, Irish literature, war, dynamite, intimate encounters with violence, enchanted and disenchanted violence, the body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195389616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Cole, author
Columbia University