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Fictions of Power in English Literature

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ISBN 9780582090958
Published November 23, 1995 by Routledge
310 Pages

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Book Description

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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