Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Catalysts for reform

The novel is often used as a means of social protest. Authors use fictional characters to inform and inspire the public to fight injustices, gain sympathy for their causes, or just to initiate a debate. Many of these novels become classics, such as Animal Farm, Beloved, Catch-22, and The Jungle. An excellent reference for more information on the subject is Social Protest Literature: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes available at the Faulk Central Library. Below are a few titles highlighted in this book:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

anything and everything by the

dearly departed

kurt vonnegut, jr: particularly slaughterhouse 5, mother night, and welcome to the monkey house

also The Fat Man in History short stories by Peter Carey

The Constant Gardner by John LeCarre

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Steal This Book! by Abbie Hoffman

How To Talk Dirty and Influence People by Lenny Bruce

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera