Critical Insights: Political Fiction

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Mark Levene
November 2014 · 1 volume ·
300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-411-4
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Critical Insights: Political Fiction presents a variety of new essays that focus on major events and issues that have occurred throughout this political time period. Essays range from Philip Beidler’s, In Search of the Great American Political Novel of the Vietnam War to Robert Stone’s, A Flag for Sunrise: A political Novel by Mark Levene.

This volume begins with four critical context essays that explore its cultural and historical pieces of work, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts. Readers seeking a deeper understanding can then move on to other essays that explore in depth through a variety of critical approaches. Among the contributors are Jakob Lothe, Patrick Hayes, John Thieme, Patricia Rae, Margaret Scanlan, Alice Ridout, and many more.


Rounding out the volume are a list of literary works not mentioned in the book that concern the theme as well as a bibliography of critical sources for readers seeking to study this timeless theme in greater depth. Each essay in the volume is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources including, critical context: original introductory essays, Critical Readings: original In-depth essays, Further Readings, a Detailed Biography and a general subject index.

This volume is a great resource for students or researchers looking for a variety of different topics and opinions on political fiction. Those with a general interest in the subject will also find great use of this informational title.