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978-1-7936-1532-9 • Hardback • July 2020 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
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David Smit is Professor Emeritus of English at Kansas State University.
Part One: Literary Representation
Chapter One: Theories of Class Representation
Chapter Two: Representing Ruling Elite Consciousness
Part Two: Political Representation
Chapter Three: Theories of Political Representation
Chapter Four: Representing the Few
Part Three: Diplomatic Representation
Chapter Five: Theories of Diplomatic Representation
Chapter Six: Representing the Idea of America
In his literary analysis of the fiction of Ward Just, David Smit brings us back to questions surrounding class and representation in the United States that were first debated by the Founders. Through his analysis, Smit convincingly argues that Just's fiction presents a damning critique of an American ruling elite that fails to understand and represent any interests outside of its own.
— Mark D. Brewer, University of Maine
David Smit provides an astute and careful measurement of the way Ward Just’s fiction interrogates the movers and shakers in Washington, generation after generation. Smit’s analysis judiciously foregrounds political theory where necessary, but at the same time recognizes now faithfully Just wrote out the truths he learned in being a consummate insider with a lifetime of experience mixing with the “ruling elite.” The texts examined by Smit show the depth of understanding Just had with regard to the privileged few who exercise so much influence in American politics, whether on the right or on the left, almost always without grasping the consequences or their efforts for ordinary citizens. No writer in the past 30 years scrutinized American politics more steadily and insightfully than Ward Just in his fiction, and David Smits illuminates this work with a keen eye for telling detail, just the sort of scholarship warranted for a writer who had Henry James as a strong influence.
— Owen W. Gilman, Saint Joseph’s University