The Gentleman’s Excuse-me: The Male Apologist and the Experience of Realism in James Herbert’s The Magic Cottage

  • Andrew Smith
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The history of the work of James Herbert is a travelogue of popular success. His work conceptualises many of the themes and concerns about romance and power, which have themselves been popularised through cultural dissemination and cultural articulation.


Romantic Love Hide Capacity Critical Practice Expressive Realism Cultural Dissemination 
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    This refers of course to the outlines of this theory as stated in Catherine Belsey, Critical Practice (London: Methuen, 1980).Google Scholar
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