What can the study of narratives bring to our understanding of political ideas that other forms of analysis cannot? In "Narratives of British Socialism" Stephen Ingle shows how imaginative literature can be used to give definition to political thought. The origins, development and eventual decline of British socialism are analysed in the writings of Morris, Shaw, Wells, Huxley, Koestler, Orwell and others. Ingle concludes that narratives can give us an experiential understanding of political ideas.
STEPHEN INGLE is Head of Politics at the University of Stirling. He has written extensively in the field of politics and literature and British party politics. His publications include George Orwell: A Political Life and The British Party System.