Robert Appelbaum

      Born in Brooklyn, New York,
      educated at the University of
      Chicago  and the University
      of California, Berkeley,
      Robert Appelbaum is
Professor of English Literature  
      at Uppsala University, Sweden.

His current writing and
research focuses on food         
and literature,terrorism and
literature, consumption
the aesthetics
of violence,
and the early
modern period,

Robert Appelbaum
English Department
University of Uppsala
Box 527, SE-751 20
Uppsala, Sweden
Photo:: Marion Appelbaum
Now Available from Oxford University Press
Terrorism Before the Letter:
Mythography and Political
Violence  in England,
Scotland, and France

Terrorism before the Letter carefully recovers the
literary history of a so-called mythography of
terrorism that Robert Appelbaum locates in the
bloody religious conflicts of early modern Europe.
While boldly considering early modern political
violence as terrorism, Appelbaum argues that
literature must be discussed by scholars of
terrorism more broadly ... Terrorism before the
Letter offers a timely contribution to terrorist
studies. -

Alexander D. Campbell, Tim
es Literary Supplement
Now Available from
Rowman and

The Aesthetics of

We are always, writes Appelbaum, “being
made to know of it - the slap, the abuse,
the threat.” And Applebum certainly
knows of it – violence, that is. He knows
of it, above all, as art knows of it - that
is to say, from the inside of it. The very
‘rhythm of violence,’ as Appelbaum calls
it, can here be felt.

John Schad, Professor of Modern
Literature, University of Lancaster