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Rising from the Swamp: The Philosophical Implications of the Dictator Novel

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dc.contributor.advisor Fischlin, Daniel Cook, Jordan 2020-08-26T20:11:57Z 2020-08-26T20:11:57Z 2020-08 2020-08-24
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores relationships between the modern Latin American dictator novel and the Western philosophical tradition. The dictator novel, as this thesis demonstrates, is a valuable tool for understanding authoritarian political systems as they have evolved in the West and as they have generated new literary forms. The twofold aim of the thesis is to show that 1) a text need not be “European” to contribute meaningfully to philosophical discourses addressing the politics of absolute power, and 2) that literary texts can amplify and distill philosophical debates on authoritarianism in productive ways. The recent trend toward authoritarianism worldwide has made thinking about the dictator novel more relevant, especially as democratic countries experience increasingly outward displays of authoritarianism tied to elite and oligarchic self-interest. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
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dc.subject Dictator Novel en_US
dc.subject Dictator en_US
dc.subject Adorno en_US
dc.subject Literature en_US
dc.subject Philosophy en_US
dc.subject Plato en_US
dc.subject Latin America en_US
dc.subject The Novel en_US
dc.subject Wittgenstein en_US
dc.subject Roa Bastos en_US
dc.title Rising from the Swamp: The Philosophical Implications of the Dictator Novel en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US English en_US Master of Arts en_US School of English and Theatre Studies en_US University of Guelph en_US

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