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date: 16 December 2019

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This article limits itself to British and Irish novels in the last one hundred years. It also discusses contributions from Susan Sontag and Milan Kundera. It then suggests some themes and associated novels particularly supportive of political studies. William Golding's Lord of the Flies was his first novel, only rivalled by Orwell's Animal Farm as most young pupils' first immersion in political thought. Lord of the Flies may have had less effect on political opinions than Animal Farm but it is more profound philosophically. Relationships between English literature and political science can never be definitively theorized. Social relationships are always contingent and always changing, adjusting, and modifying in different ways.

Keywords: Susan Sontag, Milan Kundera, William Golding, Orwell, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm

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