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Introduction

  • David SmitEmail author
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Abstract

In this chapter I address the issue of the “politics” of representation in fiction: how or in what sense authors can adequately represent a social class, in this case, a ruling elite. I argue that the four novels I study are complex fictive “imaginaries” that, on the one hand, embody the inherent point of view and biases of their authors but, on the other hand, taken as a group, offer us a reliable, even sociologically valid, portrayal of a significant faction of America’s ruling elite in the last half of the twentieth century. I also explicate the three key concepts in this study: Political Fiction, the Washington Novel, and Elite Theory. I only deal with political fiction that focuses on the actual workings of our national government, which is one sub-genre of the Washington Novel, and use as a framework for my analysis, Elite Theory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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