• Genres of conspiracy in nineteenth-century British writing

    Author(s):
    Ben Carver (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    British literature, Nineteenth century
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    19th-century British literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/hp1t-yx51
    Abstract:
    This chapter provides an overview of the figures and conventions in nineteenth-century literature that gave rise to what can be glossed as ‘conspiracy fiction’. Networks, invasion and detection are the tropes to which conspiracy narratives attached themselves, and from which conspiracy fiction developed into genres that are recognisable today. My discussion of these narrative modes also emphasises the importance of the print context of popular fiction and the ‘new journalism’ where ideas of enemies within and without became familiar.
    Notes:
    This is a pre-print version of the chapter, which is confirmed for publication in March 2020.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 years ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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