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A Glastonbury Romance (1932) by John Cowper Powys as an egalitarian narrative?

Abstract : Although A Glastonbury Romance (1932) is above all a modern re-writing of the Grail legends, I want to argue that writing this novel may also have been for Powys an attempt to tackle some democratic issues whether thematically or narratively at a time when the limits of democracy were obvious and when democracy itself was in danger. Some of the characteristics of democracy as they have been formulated by Claude Lefort also appear in A Glastonbury Romance in particular the issue of the incarnation of power. That Powys was really interested in the notion of egalitarianism which should be at the heart of democratic politics is also clear in some of the aesthetic characteristics of the novel, which, I contend, is a modernist romance. In other words, the romance genre adopted by Powys is in keeping not simply with the re-writing of the Grail legends but also with the democratic issues at stake in the novel. Finally, the question of the links between the individual and community in a democratic society is also a matter of concern in this modernist romance but the solution Powys comes up with remains merely artistic and tentative.
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Florence Marie. A Glastonbury Romance (1932) by John Cowper Powys as an egalitarian narrative?. Études britanniques contemporaines - Revue de la Société dʼétudes anglaises contemporaines, Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2019, ⟨10.4000/ebc.7692⟩. ⟨hal-02423505⟩

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