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Novelists Against Social Change: Conservative Popular Fiction, 1920-1960 Kate Macdonald

Novelists Against Social Change: Conservative Popular Fiction, 1920-1960

Kate Macdonald

Published July 30th 2015
ISBN : 9781137457714
Hardcover
288 pages
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Novelists Against Social Change shows how the writing of the best-selling novelists John Buchan, Dornford Yates and Angela Thirkell expressed their conservative fears and anxieties by politicizing their fiction and characters, from 1920 to 1960.MoreNovelists Against Social Change shows how the writing of the best-selling novelists John Buchan, Dornford Yates and Angela Thirkell expressed their conservative fears and anxieties by politicizing their fiction and characters, from 1920 to 1960. Buchans focus on national and European politics of the 1920s and 30s was embedded in his trademark adventure fiction for Establishment heroes. Yatess stylistic exuberance decorated his fierce defence of retrogressive social codes with an almost modernist attention to language. Angela Thirkells Barsetshire social comedies were an elegy to Victorian values and a passionate defence of upper-class civilization as she conceived it. Resisting the threat of change in social class, political action, the freedom of women, and professionalization produced some of their strongest works. This book pays particular attention to Buchans novels Huntingtower, Castle Gay and A Prince of the Captivity, to Yatess Berry novels and short stories and his thrillers, and Thirkells wartime and postwar fiction.