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Was Selma Lagerlöf a Nazi supporter?

Background First, it should be noted that almost everyone in Sweden was at least sympathetic Finland in Winter war of 1939-1940 against the Soviet union, and also to a lesser extent in the ...
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Is there an equivalent to Orientalism in Eastern scholarship of the West?

The counterpart to the term "orientalism" is, rather unsurprisingly, occidentalism, which Wikipedia defines as follows: Occidentalism refers to and identifies representations of the Western ...
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What does Chapter XLVIII in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, Book I, mean?

Machiavelli says that when Roman senators (almost exclusively patricians) saw that only plebeians were in the running for consular tribune, they maintained patrician monopoly on power in one of two ...
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Book involving the president-elect dying in a horse accident and electoral college shenanigans

I think I may have found it, The People's Choice by Jeff Greenfield, published in 1995. On Election Day in 1996, The Republican presidential ticket of Foyle-Block wins enough states to receive 305 ...
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What point is the end of The Owl Service trying to make?

The ending is less political than it first appears but is, rather a device to push the reader to re-evaluate the themes of the book. I had no intention of answering this myself, but since it attracted ...
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Quote about renouncing power over another and hoping they will do the same back

I believe the quote I was thinking of was the ‘John Galt Pledge’ from Part Three, Chapter I of Atlas Shrugged: I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, ...
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Are political dystopias becoming less popular?

There were a number of non-scifi dystopian novels pre-Orwell; Jack London's The Iron Heel (1908) and Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon (1940) stand out. Since Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in ...
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What is the earliest reference to or depiction of a police state in English literature?

The earliest reference I am aware of is Shakespeare's Macbeth, written in or around 1606. Near the end of Act 3, scene 4, we find the following dialogue (emphasis mine), MACBETH: How say'st thou, ...
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Why did Hemingway include the following in his book, the Moveable Feast?

The question asks why Hemingway included this story in A Moveable Feast. But it is not clear that he did include it! Hemingway died in 1961 before the book was finished; his widow Mary edited his ...
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Why is Seamus Heaney's "The Cure at Troy" so often quoted in political contexts?

Philoctetes versus The Cure at Troy In Sophocles’ Philoctetes, the action goes straight from Neoptolemus’ farewell (line 1407) to the appearance of Heracles (line 1408). But Heaney inserts a speech by ...
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Are political dystopias becoming less popular?

Based on recent studies on dystopian fiction, I don't have the impression that dystopian fiction has become less popular, but it is a bit harder to find out whether political dystopias have become ...
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Was Selma Lagerlöf a Nazi supporter?

No, she wasn't. The existing answer is excellent, but it is too equivocal. Unless further evidence emerges, the answer should be "No" rather than "No, not really". She may have ...
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Is this a political reference in "Ozma of Oz"?

Politics in Oz The whole idea of politics in Oz has been around for a while. Baum himself was asked whether his stories had hidden meanings, but he always replied that they were written to "please ...
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Did Eric Flint comment on how his political views reflected in his writing, especially 1632 series?

Yes, but not in great detail. The best I've been able to find is this interview with Eric Flint, where he says (emphasis mine): The image people have of Germany is a Germany that was created out of ...
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What point is the end of The Owl Service trying to make?

Boiling down the point of a work of narrative art to a general statement can make it seem obvious to the point of being frivolous (e.g., "power corrupts" or "family is important") ...
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Has the Brexit referendum had a negative impact on sales of foreign-language literature in the UK?

Before Brexit, sales of European and international authors had increased in the UK: Paula Erizanu wrote in September 2016, according to Nielsen, which undertook research for the International Man ...
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