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Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel, 1890–2011


  • Author: John Marx, University of California, Davis
  • Date Published: April 2012
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107020313

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  • Literary fiction is a powerful cultural tool for criticizing governments and for imagining how better governance and better states would work. Combining political theory with strong readings of a vast range of novels, John Marx shows that fiction over the long twentieth century has often envisioned good government not in Utopian but in pragmatic terms. Early-twentieth-century novels by Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster and Rabindrananth Tagore helped forecast world government after European imperialism. Twenty-first-century novelists such as Monica Ali, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michael Ondaatje and Amitav Ghosh have inherited that legacy and continue to criticize existing policies in order to formulate best practices on a global scale. Marx shows how literature can make an important contribution to political and social sciences by creating a space to imagine and experiment with social organization.

    • Each chapter is a case study of the political dimensions of modern fiction
    • A wide-ranging introduction to social scientific theory of governmentality in its relationship to literary criticism
    • Analyses works by authors from all continents
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '[This] project is bold and distinctive enough to merit broad readership outside of its primary fields. Marx creatively re-maps the political geography of contemporary Anglophone fiction.' Caren Irr, The Review of English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107020313
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the novel's administrative turn
    1. Fiction after liberalism
    2. How literature administers 'failed' states
    3. The novelistic management of inequality in the age of meritocracy
    4. Entrepreneurship and imperial politics in twentieth-century historical fiction
    5. Women as economic actors in contemporary and modernist novels
    Postscript: the literary politics of being well attached

  • Author

    John Marx, University of California, Davis
    John Marx is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Davis.

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