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The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues
by Jeffrey Champlin
foreword by Avital Ronell
Northwestern University Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-8101-3438-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-3010-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6794-0
Library of Congress Classification PT111.C47 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 830.93552

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In The Making of a Terrorist, Jeffrey Champlin examines key figures from three canonical texts from the German-language literature of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: Goethe’s Gotz von Berlichingen, Schiller’s Die Rauber, and Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas. Champlin situates these readings within a larger theoretical and historical context, exploring the mechanics, aesthetics, and poetics of terror while explicating the emergence of the terrorist personality in modernity. In engaging and accessible prose, Champlin explores the ethical dimensions of violence and interrogates an ethics of textual violence.



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