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The Citizen's Voice: Twentieth-Century Politics and Literature

Michael Keren


179 pages

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-310-0 (Institutional PDF)

November 2003

About the Book

Michael Keren traces the political lives and messages of some of the twentieth century’s greatest literary characters in this insightful and jargon-free book of literary criticism. He observes the infamous characters ranging from Joseph K from Franz Kafka’s The Trial to Ralph from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies to Chauncey Gardiner from Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There and beyond while they struggle through their lives and world events.

The Citizen’s Voice is a refreshing contribution to civil society theory that makes a pioneering effort to cross the boundaries between politics, literature, and culture. A study of the human condition via literature this book expounds the key features of a good citizen while offering a perfect discussion piece for courses in political theory, politics and literature, and history.

Michael Keren is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He has written numerous books on politics, media, and human rights, most notably Zichroni v. State of Israel: The Biography of a Civil Rights Lawyer.