WorldCat Identities

Houen, Alex

Works: 8 works in 41 publications in 1 language and 1,910 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR478.T47, 820.9358
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alex Houen
Terrorism and modern literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson by Alex Houen( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 465 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 )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 246 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 )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many of those committing recent terrorist attacks have been intent, and have often succeeded, in killing themselves in the process. This volume explores and compares religious and secular traditions of martyrdom and terrorism. Through multidisciplinary analyses, this volume seeks to provide a new and exciting opportunity to develop a 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 )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 74 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."--
Rouge States by Alex Houen( Book )

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

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

States of War since 9 / Terrorism, Sovereignty and the War on Terror by Alex Houen( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Terrorism and modern literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson
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