Satirising the bourgeois worldview: Patrick Hamilton’s Impromptu in Moribundia

Maycroft, Neil (2004) Satirising the bourgeois worldview: Patrick Hamilton’s Impromptu in Moribundia. Capital & Class: Special Issue on Cultural Production, Consumption and Resistance, No 84, October 2004. (84). pp. 77-82. ISSN 0309-8168

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Satirising the bourgeois worldview: Patrick Hamilton’s Impromptu in Moribundia
This paper was originally published as ‘Satirising the bourgeois worldview: Patrick Hamilton’s Impromptu in Moribundia’, in Capital & Class: Special Issue on Cultural Production, Consumption and Resistance, No 84, October 2004.
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Abstract

As well as being a cultural product itself, literature provides a means for the critical interrogation of the processes of cultural production and consumption in class-structured capitalist society. Realist narrative, Utopian speculation and dystopian conjecture have all been used to good effect. So, too, have satire and fable, and these come together in a neglected and largely forgotten novel from 1939, Impromptu in Moribundia, written by the bourgeois Marxist Patrick Hamilton. Though dated in many ways, and clearly rooted in a particular social and political context, this fabulous tale, nevertheless, retains interest for those wishing to critique the production of the bourgeois cultural worldview.

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Additional Information:As well as being a cultural product itself, literature provides a means for the critical interrogation of the processes of cultural production and consumption in class-structured capitalist society. Realist narrative, Utopian speculation and dystopian conjecture have all been used to good effect. So, too, have satire and fable, and these come together in a neglected and largely forgotten novel from 1939, Impromptu in Moribundia, written by the bourgeois Marxist Patrick Hamilton. Though dated in many ways, and clearly rooted in a particular social and political context, this fabulous tale, nevertheless, retains interest for those wishing to critique the production of the bourgeois cultural worldview.
Keywords:Patrick Hamilton, Marxism and literature, Moribundia, Ideological inversion, maycroft498
Subjects:R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R990 European Languages, Literature and related subjects not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:2063
Deposited By: Neil Maycroft
Deposited On:18 Nov 2009 12:24
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:33

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