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Romantic Narratives in International Politics: Pirates, Rebels and Mercenaries

Alexander Spencer


This book is a story about the importance of stories in International Relations. It brings insights from Literary Studies and Narratology into IR and political science by developing a new discourse analytical method of narrative analysis. Focusing on the three narrative elements of setting, characterization and emplotment, the book argues that narratives are of fundamental importance for human cognition and identity construction. Narratives help us understand the social and political world in which we live. The book emphasizes the idea of intertextual narratability which holds that for narrati ... More

Keywords: Narrative, International Relations, Discourse analysis, Pirates, Rebels, Private military and security companies, Mercenaries, Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095290
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Spencer, author