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Crimes of Art + Terror
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Crimes of Art + Terror

Frank Lentricchia and Jody McAuliffe


Do killers, artists, and terrorists need one another? This book explores the disturbing adjacency of literary creativity to violence and even political terror. The book begins by anchoring the discussions in the events of 9/11 and the scandal provoked by composer Karlheinz Stockhausen's reference to the destruction of the World Trade Center as a great work of art, and they go on to show how political extremism and avant-garde artistic movements have fed upon each other for at least two centuries. The book reveals how the desire beneath many romantic literary visions is that of a terrifying awa ... More

Keywords: killers, artists, terrorists, literary creativity, violence, political terror, 9/11, Karlheinz Stockhausen, World Trade Center, political extremism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226472058
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226472089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Lentricchia, author

Jody McAuliffe, author