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The politics of nonsense: civil unrest, otherness and national mythology in nonsense literature

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The politics of nonsense: civil discord, national identity and nonsense literature
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This study argues that the generative qualities of nonsense literature that foster in the reader a rebellious, anti-authoritarian spirit have been underestimated. At characteristic moments of social unrest the popularity of nonsense literature rises and texts that utilise the mores and tropes of nonsense are enlisted in support of radical causes. Nonsense participates in the genesis of a new political paradigm that is incommensurable with the old, serving as a popular coded representation, an...

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
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English Faculty
Oxford college:
Keble College
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Keble College
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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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