Political fiction

Political fiction

Political fiction is a subgenre of fiction that deals with political affairs. Political fiction has often used narrative to provide commentary on political events, systems and theories. Works of political fiction often "directly criticize an existing society or... present an alternative, sometimes fantastic, reality." [" [http://www.wesleyan.edu/wesmaps/course0102/hist294s.htm HIST 294 - Political Fiction] ", December 12, 2005]

Prominent pieces of political fiction have included the anti-communist dystopias of the early 20th century. Equally influential, if not more so, however, have been earlier pieces of political fiction such as "Gulliver's Travels" (1726), "Candide" (1759) and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852). Political fiction frequently employs the literary modes of satire and utopia.


*"The Republic" (ca. 360 BCE) by Plato

*"Panchatantra" (ca. 200 BCE) by Vishnu Sarma

*"Utopia" (1516) by Thomas More
*"The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys" (1578) by Jan Kochanowski

*"Don Quixote" (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes
*"Simplicissimus" (1668) by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen
*"The Pilgrim's Progress" (1678) by John Bunyan

*"Persian Letters" (1721) by Montesquieu
*"Gulliver's Travels" (1726) by Jonathan Swift
*"Candide" (1759) by Voltaire
*"Fables and Parables" (1779) by Ignacy Krasicki
*"The Return of the Deputy" (1790) by Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz

*"Barnaby Rudge" (1841) by Charles Dickens
*"The Betrothed" (1842) by Alessandro Manzoni
*"Coningsby (novel)" (1844) by Benjamin Disraeli
*"Sybil, or The Two Nations" (1845) by Benjamin Disraeli
*"Tancred" (1847) by Benjamin Disraeli
*"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe
*"A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) by Charles Dickens
*"The Palliser novels" (1864–1879) by Anthony Trollope
*"War and Peace" (1869) by Leo Tolstoy
*"Demons", also known as "The Possessed" or "The Devils" (1872), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
*"The Princess Casamassima" (1886) by Henry James
*"Looking Backward" (1888) by Edward Bellamy
*"Pharaoh" (1895) by Bolesław Prus

*"Nostromo" (1904) by Joseph Conrad
*"The Trial" (1925) by Franz Kafka
*"The Castle" (1926) by Franz Kafka
*"The Shadow of the Caudillo" (1929) by Martín Luis Guzmán
*"Brave New World" (1932) by Aldous Huxley
*"The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma" (1932) by Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz
*"It Can't Happen Here" (1935) by Sinclair Lewis
*"" (1945) by George Orwell
*"All the King's Men" (1946) by Robert Penn Warren
*"Nineteen Eighty-Four" (1949) by George Orwell
*"Atlas Shrugged" (1957) by Ayn Rand
*"The Manchurian Candidate" (1959) by Richard Condon
*"Advise and Consent" (1959) by Allen Drury
*"Seven Days in May" (1962) by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey
*"The Late Bourgeois World" (1966) by Nadine Gordimer
*"Primary Colors" (1996) by Joe Klein (as "Anonymous")

*"The Gospel According To Larry" (2003) by Janet Tashjian
*"The Polity of Beasts" (2007) by Renald Iacovelli
*"The Writing on the Wall" (2007) by Hannes Artens

cience fiction

* "" (1974) by Ursula Le Guin
* The "Mars trilogy" (1990s) by Kim Stanley Robinson


ee also

*Utopian and dystopian fiction
*Social science fiction
*Politics in fiction
*Assassinations in fiction

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