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Against DemocracyLiterary Experience in the Era of Emancipations$
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Simon During

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242542

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242542.001.0001

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The Literary Origins of Modern Democracy

The Literary Origins of Modern Democracy

(p.77) Five The Literary Origins of Modern Democracy
Against Democracy

Simon During

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores three mid-nineteenth-century writers who responded early to the sense that democracy was now inevitable: Alexis de Tocqueville, Benjamin Disraeli, and George Eliot. It argues that all three were antagonistic to representative democracy as it came to exist by the century's end and that all three imagine other, forgotten, forms and layers of democratic life. These other democratic forms are based not so much in political institutions as in mundane everyday life itself.

Keywords:   Democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, everyday life

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