Howards End's Social

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:
Howards End's Social

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This chapter turns to the moment when, in the later nineteenth century, emergent democratic state capitalism encountered strong resistance from socialism and other collectivist political movements. It makes the case that the young E.M. Forster is not to be considered a “liberal” as Lionel Trilling for instance supposed, but as a mystical socialist. It offers a detailed reading of Howards End in support of this view, and proposes that the novel presents an image of a collective way of life that is under threat from the democratic-capitalist juggernaut.

Keywords: Democracy; socialism; E.M. Forster; mystical socialism; capitalism; Howards End

Chapter.  6798 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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