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Against Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations

Simon During


Today democracy has become fundamental. It extends increasingly deeply into everyday life; it grounds and limits our political thought and values. We can't think past or beyond it as a political or even as a social system. This is a sense in which we do indeed live at history's end. But this end is not a happy one, because the democratic system we now live in does not satisfy tests that we can legitimately put to it. In this situation, it is important to come to new terms with the fact that literature, at least until about 1945, was hostile to political democracy in particular. It continually ... More

Keywords: Democracy, political theory, history of the novel, capitalism, literary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823242542
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon During, author
University of Queensland