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Houen, Alex

Works: 12 works in 67 publications in 1 language and 2,355 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Alex Houen
Terrorism and modern literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson by Alex Houen( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is terrorism's violence essentially symbolic? Does it impact on culture primarily through the media? What kinds of performative effect do the various discourses surrounding terrorism have? Such questions have not only become increasingly important in terrorism studies, they have also been concerns for many literary writers." "This book is the first extensive study of modern literature's engagement with terrorism. Ranging from the 1880s to the present, the terrorism examined is as diverse as the literary writings on it: chapters include discussions of Joseph Conrad's novels on Anarchism and Russian Nihilism; Wyndham Lewis's avant-garde responses to U.S. Syndicalism and militant Suffragettes; Ezra Pound's poetic entanglement with Segregationist violence; Walter Abish's fictions about West German urban guerrillas; and Seamus Heaney's and Ciaran Carson's poems on the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland."--Jacket
Powers of possibility : experimental American writing since the 1960s by Alex Houen( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Meaning of Contemporary Realism (1957) Georg Lukács discussed how the power struggle of the Cold War made it all the more pressing for literary writers to present 'concrete potentialities' of individual character in novel ways. Powers of Possibility explores how American experimental writers since the 1960s have set about presenting exactly that whilst engaging with specific issues of social power. The book's five chapters cover a range of writers, literary genres, and political issues including: Allen Ginsberg's anti-Vietnam War poems; LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka and Black Power theatre; William S. Burroughs's novels and the Space Programmes; Kathy Acker's fiction and Biopolitics; and Lyn Hejinian, Language poetry, and the Cold War. Each chapter examines how relations of character and social power were widely discussed in terms of potentiality: Black Power groups, for example, debated the 'revolutionary potential' of African Americans, while advances in the space programmes led to speculation about the evolution of 'human potential' in space colonies. In considering how the literary writers engage with such debates, Alex Houen also shows how each writer's approach entails combining different meanings of 'potential': 'possible as opposed to actual'; 'a quantity of force'; a 'capacity' or 'faculty'; and 'potency'. Such an approach can be characterised as a literary 'potentialism' that turns literary possibilities (including experiments with style and form) into an affective aesthetic force with which to combat or reorient the effects of social power on people. Potentialism is not a literary movement, Houen emphasises, so much as a novel concept of literary practice--a concept that stands as a refreshing alternative to notions of 'postmodernism' and the 'postmodern avant-garde'."--Jacket
Martyrdom and terrorism : pre-modern to contemporary perspectives( Book )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, terrorism has become closely associated with martyrdom in the minds of many terrorists and in the view of nations around the world. In Islam, martyrdom is mostly conceived as "bearing witness" to faith and God. Martyrdom is also central to the Christian tradition, not only in the form of Christ's Passion or saints faced with persecution and death, but in the duty to lead a good and charitable life. In both religions, the association of religious martyrdom with political terror has a long and difficult history. The essays of this volume illuminate this history--following, for example, Christian martyrdom from its origins in the Roman world, to the experience of the deaths of "terrorist" leaders of the French Revolution, to parallels in the contemporary world--and explore historical parallels among Islamic, Christian, and secular traditions. Featuring essays from eminent scholars in a wide range of disciplines, Martyrdom and Terrorism provides a timely comparative history of the practices and discourses of terrorism and martyrdom from antiquity to the twenty-first century
States of war since 9/11 : Terrorism, sovereignty and the War on Terror by Alex Houen( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This multidisciplinary edited volume explores how the spread of the 'War on Terror' has entwined matters of state sovereignty and states of war into mutually-affecting relations. Pre-emptive attacks on terrorist groups in 'rogue' states; 'outsourcing' of state militancy; and the mutable state of armed conflict required to wage a 'hybrid war' have increasingly been issues for the 'War on Terrorism' (WoT). Taken together, they also provide just one example of how any detailed exploration of the states involved needs to address not only matters of nation-state sovereignty, but also the modes (states) of militancy that the War on Terror has assumed in spreading internationally. Moreover, such measures have seen the spread of the War on Terror to countries such as Israel, Russia, Ethiopia, and Uganda, all of whom have justified their own attacks in other nation-states as a war of 'self defence' against terrorism. And as the War on Terror has spread with the willingness of other countries to adopt it, those countries have in turn adapted emergency modes of war-- including targeted assassinations, indefinite detention, rendition, and torture. This work relates legal and political aspects of the War on Terror and also incorporates a 'war and society approach' in order to examine how society has effected changes in war, and how war and militarization have assumed various states in society. Doing so allows for consideration of how different 'states' have become interconnected in the War on Terror-- including states of warfare and national governance, and those of social affect. Part I offers a series of framing chapters that take a broad view of particular issues; After the framing chapters of Part One, the chapters in Part II examine how modes (states) of the War on Terror have spread as a result of being taken up in various nation-states. In relating various states of war and wars against states, this volume will be a significant and novel contribution to critical study of the War on Terror. While most other studies of it have limited their purview to a principal cast of nation-states (USA, UK, Iraq, Afghanistan), this volume focuses on ways in which the War on Terror has proliferated beyond those states. And whereas most other studies have limited their analysis of the modes of war to a particular perspective (e.g., international law, security, or development), this volume addresses how those modes have ramified and thus assumed various states in the process of being spread. This book will be of much interest to students of critical terrorism studies, "--
States of war since 9 by Alex Houen( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hold! West by Geoff Gilbert( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

States at War and Modes of War Since 9/11 : Introduction by Alex Houen( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Novel biopolitics : Kathy Acker and Michel Foucault by Alex Houen( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rouge States by Alex Houen( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Exploding literature : the writing of terrorism from R.L. Stevenson to Walter Abish by Alex Houen( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

RING CYCLE by Alex Houen( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Terrorism and modern literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson
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