Political mythology and popular fiction

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 200 pages
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A fascinating contribution to the scholarship of both political science and literature, this book explores eight major genres of contemporary popular fiction generally assumed to be essentially devoid of political content--children's novels, Westerns, middle-class fiction, historical novels, small-town Americana, sports novels, American war fiction, and science fiction. By uncovering the often covert mythical themes and cultural symbols hidden in the plot formulas of these works--many of them bestsellers--the essays illustrate the debt of mass-market authors to cultural and political traditions that reach back to the origins of the American Republic.

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Contents

Fictional Reflections on America
13
Nature Human Nature and Society in the American
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Democracy and Community in American Childrens
39
Copyright

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ERNEST J. YANARELLA is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky.

Lee Sigelman is Columbian Professor of Political Science at George Washington University and coeditor of Political Mythology and Popular Fiction and, with Buell, Nominating the President.

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