• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
The Modern American Political Novel: 1900-1960 (Paperback)
  • The Modern American Political Novel: 1900-1960 (Paperback)
zoom

The Modern American Political Novel: 1900-1960 (Paperback)

(author)
£29.99
Paperback 436 Pages / Published: 29/05/2014
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

Politics, the workings of government and of people in government, has long been a fertile field for exploration by the novelist. The political arena offers many examples of conflict-between individuals, groups, or the individual and the group, or within the individual. It is natural then that a sizable body of fiction has grown up using politics as a main source of action.

In this study Joseph Blotner attempts "to discover the image of American poIitics as presented in American novels over a sixty-year span." His major discussion is limited to 138 novels dealing directly with candidates, officeholders, party officials, or "individuals performing political acts as they are conventionally understood." He also refers to nineteenth-century predecessors, European analogues, or other twentieth-century American novels as they bear on his discussions.

Blotner gives a thorough examination of certain archetypal figures (the young hero, the political boss, and the Southern demagogue), which appear in central or subordinate positions in the action of many political novels. He finds that the novels reflect certain major movements or upheavals in the political history of the United States or the world (in particular, fascism and McCarthyism), and that they also give the political aspects of universal attitudes or problems (corruption, disillusionment, reaction, and the role of women and of the intellectual). The author presents a detailed analysis of each of these subjects, prefacing each analysis by a survey of the historical background out of which the fiction grew, and including a brief and often pungent assessment of the literary merits of each novel discussed. He also surveys a large body of political fiction which cuts across all of these categories: the novel of the future-both utopian and apocalyptic.

The Modern American Political Novel will be of great interest to the student of twentieth-century literature; the political scientist, the sociologist, and even the practicing politician will also find its analyses useful and illuminating.

Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292763654
Number of pages: 436
Weight: 907 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

Wide Sargasso Sea
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Walden
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Country Girl
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket
The Mabinogion
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Ammonites and Leaping Fish
Added to basket
To the Lighthouse
Added to basket
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Speak, Memory
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
How Proust Can Change Your Life
Added to basket
A Rose For Winter
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Virginia Woolf
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
Darkness Visible
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Nicholas Nickleby
Added to basket
Going Solo
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.