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Fictions of Power in English Literature

1900-1950, 1st Edition

By Lee Horsley


310 pages

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As a result of its imperial role, Britain was closely involved with such romantic and disruptive myths of power such as the imperial adventure hero and the self-deified charismatic leader. Lee Horsley explores fictional representations of political power during this period, surveying a wide range of texts from the adventure story, romance, thriller and science fiction to the novels of Conrad, Huxley, Orwell and Greene.

Table of Contents

1 Heroic Action: Narratives of imperial adventure. 2 Superhuman arts: Narratives of nationalistic faith. 3 Sexual dominance: Leaders and lovers in fiction between the Wars. 4 Violence: The thirties thriller and the 'gathering storm'.

5 Law: The liberal critique and the nightmare of totalitarianism. 6 Technopower: 'Leviathan on wheels' in dystopian science fiction. Bibliography Index

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Longman Studies In Twentieth Century Literature

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