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The Imagination of Freedom: Critical Texts and Times in Liberal Literature

The Imagination of Freedom: Critical Texts and Times in Liberal Literature (Paperback)

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The political history of humankind in modern times can be characterised essentially as the struggle for freedom. Concomitantly, much of the most significant contemporary literature has concerned itself with the idea of human freedom. In "The Imagination of Freedom", Andrew Foley explores the work of a number of writers who have responded, from a liberal viewpoint, to critical moments in contemporary political history when such freedom has come under severe threat. These writers have used the power of the creative imagination to provide a critique of the illiberal practices of their times and to reassert an alternative vision of a free and open society, founded upon the ideals of individual liberty and social justice. "The Imagination of Freedom" thus refers both to the writers' critically independent analyses of the wrongs of their social contexts, as well as to their ability to imagine and describe a more just and equitable social order.

Foley presents a detailed, contextualised discussion of the work of Alan Paton, Chinua Achebe, Ken Kesey, Seamus Heaney, Fay Weldon, Athol Fugard, Mario Vargas Llosa, Ian McEwan and others, in order to pursue three interrelated aims: to reassess the significance of the work of these writers from a contemporary perspective; to clarify their political vision as liberal writers; and, more generally to develop a case for liberalism as a coherent and compelling political philosophy. Among the works that are discussed in "The Imagination of Freedom" are: Alan Paton's "Cry, the Beloved Country"; Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart"; Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; Seamus Heaney's "North"; Fay Weldon's "Praxis"; Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!"; Mario Vargas Llosa's "The Feast of the Goat"; and, Ian McEwan's "Saturday".

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -History & PoliticsRegional & national historyAfrican historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesEthical issues & debatesEthical issues: censorshipPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: adolescentsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: adultsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsAge groupsAge groups: childrenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsSocial groups: clubs & societiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesConsumerismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesIllness & addiction: social aspectsDrug & substance abuse: social aspectsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesIllness & addiction: social aspectsHIV / AIDS: social aspectsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesPolitical correctnessPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial interactionPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySocial theoryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: work & labour Publisher: Wits University Press Publication Date: 15/07/2009 ISBN-13: 9781868144921  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Andrew Foley is Professor and Head of the Department of English in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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