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The Resource Politics and history in William Golding : the world turned upside down, Paul Crawford

Politics and history in William Golding : the world turned upside down, Paul Crawford

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Politics and history in William Golding : the world turned upside down
Title
Politics and history in William Golding
Title remainder
the world turned upside down
Statement of responsibility
Paul Crawford
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Language
eng
Summary
"Politics and History in William Golding provides a much needed politicized and historicized reading of William Golding{u2019}s novels as a counter to previous, universalizing criticism. Paul Crawford argues that an understanding of fantastic and carnivalesque modes in Golding{u2019}s work is vital if we are to appreciate fully his interrogation of twentieth-century life. Golding{u2019}s early satirical novels question English constructions of national identity in opposition to Nazism and the 2totalitarian personality.3 For Crawford, Golding can and must be studied in the wider European tradition of 2literature of atrocity.3 His early novels, especially Lord of the Flies, are preoccupied with atrocity, whereas the later work betrays a greater concern for the status of language and literature. In Golding{u2019}s later fiction, such as Darkness Visible, the fantastic and carnivalesque are used in an increasingly nonsatirical manner to complement first modernist and then postmodernist self-consciousness and indeterminacy. Even his critique of class and religious authority, which carries through all of his fiction, gives way to more lighthearted productions{u2014}a symptom of which is his crude, absurd attack against the English literary industry in The Paper Men. This reduction of satire marks a decline in Golding{u2019}s political commitment and the production of more complex and arguably less satisfying novels. The fantastic and carnivalesque are foundational to both the satirical and nonsatirical approaches that mark Golding{u2019}s early and late fiction. No previous study has analyzed this structure that is so central to his work. Politics and History in William Golding examines this writer{u2019}s work more fully than it has been studied within the convoluted context of the last half of the twentieth century. Crawford directly links Golding{u2019}s various deployments of the fantastic and carnivalesque to historical, political, and social change."--Publishers website
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DLC
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1963-
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Crawford, Paul
Dewey number
823/.914
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6013.O35
LC item number
Z5968 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Literature and history
  • Historical fiction, English
  • Political fiction, English
  • Politics and literature
  • Golding, William
  • Golding, William
Label
Politics and history in William Golding : the world turned upside down, Paul Crawford
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-254) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
50519077
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780826214164
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002027108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Politics and history in William Golding : the world turned upside down, Paul Crawford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
50519077
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780826214164
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002027108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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