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Power and Class in Political Fiction

Elite Theory and the Post-War Washington Novel

Authors: Smit, David

  • Studies class in political fiction
  • Makes broad implications for understanding Elite Theory in literature
  • Appeals to scholars of cultural studies, American studies, politics, and class studies
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About this book

This book introduces Elite Theory to the literary study of class as a framework for addressing issues of the nature of governance in political fiction.  The book describes the historical development and major tenets of Elite Theory, and shows how each of four post-war Washington novels—Gore Vidal’s Washington, D.C.; Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent; Joan Didion’s Democracy; and Ward Just’s Echo House—illustrates the way class-based political elites exhibit forms of “ruling-class consciousness” and maintain their legitimacy in an ostensibly democratic form of government by promoting themselves as models of behavior, promulgating an ideology that justifies their rule through their control of the media, and accepting new members from the lower classes. Reading these novels through a socio-political lens, David Smit offers suggestions for ways to work for a more just and equitable society in light of what this analysis reveals about the “culture” that produces our political elites.

About the authors

David Smit is Emeritus Professor of English at Kansas State University, USA, where he taught courses on Post-War American Literature and Culture, Henry James, and Expository Writing.  His previous books are The Language of a Master: Theories of Style and the Late Writing of Henry James (1988); The End of Composition Studies (2004); and Ingrid Bergman: The Life, Career, and Public Image (2012).


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  • Due: October 26, 2019
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Hardcover £59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26768-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Power and Class in Political Fiction
Book Subtitle
Elite Theory and the Post-War Washington Novel
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26769-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26769-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26768-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 188
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