Political fiction

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Not to be confused with Legal fiction

Political fiction is a subgenre of fiction that deals with political affairs. Political fiction has often used narrative to provide commentary on political events, systems and theories. Works of political fiction, such as political novels, often "directly criticize an existing society or present an alternative, sometimes fantastic, reality."[1]

Prominent pieces of political fiction have included the totalitarian dystopias of the early 20th century, such as Jack London's The Iron Heel and Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here. Other highly influential novels were earlier works such as Gulliver's Travels (1726), Candide (1759), and Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Political fiction frequently employs the literary modes of satire, often in the genres of Utopian and dystopian fiction, or social science fiction.

Notable examples

This is a list of a few of the early or notable examples; others belong on the main list

Science fiction

See also


  1. ""HIST 294 - Political Fiction", Wesleyan University, accessed 12 December 2005 Archived October 6, 2014 at the Wayback Machine