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Published: 06 March 2012

195 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823241996

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The Dream Life of Citizens

Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State

Zarena Aslami

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • An important and innovative examination of the psychoanalytic and phantasmatic dimensions of the state. Benedict Anderson importantly argued that the nation is an "imagined community"--this book shows how, in related but quite different ways, late Victorian novels reveal how the state equally played a psychic role in the lives of citizens.
  • Revisits major works by Olive Schreiner, Thomas Hardy, and George Gissing, thus not the standard Victorian canon.

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