The Political Strand in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano

Tom Middlebro'

Abstract


Lowry claimed that Under the Volcano has a political strand: that of the failure of will in western civilization when faced with the rise of Fascism. In this light, Lowry's novel can be compared to Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus. Both works explore the disintegration of a sense of continuity and value in human experience through psychological, mythical, and political aspects.

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