The Political Fiction of Ward Just: Class, Theories of Representation, and Imagining a Ruling Elite (Hardcover)

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The Political Fiction of Ward Just: Class, Theories of Representation, and Imagining a Ruling Elite uses three theoretical frameworks of representation--literary, political, and diplomatic--to demonstrate how the upper-class status of the ruling elites in Ward Just's political fiction influences the way they govern. He illustrates how Just's ruling elites develop a coherent "upper class" form of consciousness that limits their ability as elected officials to adequately represent the interests of all the nation's citizens domestically--especially the poor and working class--and their ability as diplomats to adequately represent the interests of the nation as a whole internationally. In his conclusion, the author offers suggestions for ways to make our ruling elites more representative of the interests of the working class and underprivileged groups at home and more sensitive to the cultures of the countries in which they serve abroad.

About the Author


David Smit is Professor Emeritus of English at Kansas State University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781793615329
ISBN-10: 1793615322
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2020
Pages: 168
Language: English

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