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The Literary Origins of Modern Democracy

Simon During

in Against Democracy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242580 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823242542.003.0006
The Literary Origins of Modern Democracy

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This chapter explores three mid-nineteenth-century writers who responded early to the sense that democracy was now inevitable: Alexis de Tocqueville, Benjamin Disraeli, and George Eliot. It argues that all three were antagonistic to representative democracy as it came to exist by the century's end and that all three imagine other, forgotten, forms and layers of democratic life. These other democratic forms are based not so much in political institutions as in mundane everyday life itself.

Keywords: Democracy; Alexis de Tocqueville; Benjamin Disraeli; George Eliot; everyday life

Chapter.  11238 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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