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Analysis of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "All Quiet on the Western Front" as novels of social protest.

goal by proving that these novels are concerned with social protest

CHARLOTTE SMITH'S DESMOND: THE HISTORICAL NOVEL AS SOCIAL PROTEST

He argued that protest novels invariably present blacks as social ..
It is sometimes or even commonly believed that popular novels are not as significant as elite novels and they are written and read solely for the purpose of entertainment. The main goal of this article is to show that popular novels have the same value and because they have a much wider audience, they have a stronger influence on people than elite novels. The article achieves this goal by proving that these novels are concerned with social protest. Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991), ’s Fight Club (1996), Joe Klein’s Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics (1996), Toni Morrison’s Paradise (1997), and ’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999) are five of the most well-known American popular novels in 1990s which addressed the social problems of the decade. The present article intends to examine social protest in these novels using the principles of cultural studies and according to some key figures in this field. The article offers a full investigation into these social issues in the novels: hardships of African-Americans, racism, patriarchy, hardships of adolescent life, hardships of living in a capitalist society, lost generation, consumerism, political corruption, immigration, assimilation and loss of identity. After examining all these issues, it is concluded that all these popular novels are concerned with social protest and thus they can be considered as significant as elite novels and maybe more significant due to their controversial quality and their wider range of readers.

Can reading social protest novels actually produce a more just world?


STRUCTURALISM: The idea in sociology, anthropology, literary theory, or linguistics that the best way to understand a cultural artifact (like family units, religious rites, or human language) is not to define each component individually, as its own unique element, but rather to define each component by its relationship to other parts of the same structure. To give a rough example, consider a concept like "father" in American society. If we were attempting to define this concept and how the role functions in American society or in a traditional family from the 1950s, a nonstructuralist might define a father as "a male adult figure who provides income for the family and who serves as an authority figure or protector." Such a definition seeks to define the role based on what it does or what it is, per se. In contrast, a structuralist might instead seek to define a "father" by showing the relationship that figure would have in the larger structure of the family, i.e., a "father corresponds to a mother, but is of opposite gender, and the two together may have children, forming a larger structure called a family, and within that family the father traditionally protects the children and labors outside the household while the mother nutures them within the home." For the structuralist, it makes no sense to define a father without considering the other parts of the family structure and explaining the father's role in relationship to those other parts. The role of father cannot exist if the roles of mother and children do not exist. They are interdependent in ontology.

 

Syllabus, Social Protest Literature in America, Spring 1998


call me in advance and tell me. My office number is655-7305. State your name; spell it; tell me youare in "Social Protest Literature " and what dayand date you are calling for.


The purpose of this course is to read works that reflect thelives of the working class in America. They allow us to see thatsocial protest, as well as great literature, arise fromexploitation and the struggles against it.