John Buchan: The Reader’s Trap

  • Miles Donald
Part of the Insights book series


John Buchan’s fiction is, in a sense, a bundle of leanings. The comforting solidity of his fictional world — a world of moral certainties and a high degree of reader-security — paradoxically thrives on a combination of inconsistency, underdevelopment and contradiction. Examined closely Buchan’s fiction is full of surprises. I shall attempt to show that one of the greatest of these is the manipulation of the reader. Put simply, Buchan develops a rhetoric of escape which persuades the reader to embrace and approve what would otherwise be rejected.


Fictional World Modern Reader Dancing Floor Foreign Income Popular Fiction 
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    John Buchan, The Law Relating to the Taxation of Foreign Income (London, 1905).Google Scholar
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    John Buchan, Huntingtower (London, 1922).Google Scholar
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    Valentine Cunningham, British Writers of the Thirties (Oxford University Press, 1988).Google Scholar
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    John Buchan, A Prince of the Captivity (London, 1933).Google Scholar

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