John Buchan: The Reader’s Trap
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.
KeywordsFictional World Modern Reader Dancing Floor Foreign Income Popular Fiction
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