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Space cadet : Heinlein's political statements and marketing strategy
Auteur(s)
SHIMA Katsuya
Résumé
Robert Heinlein's Space Cadet (1948) is his second juvenile novel and its story is -like that of Starship Troopers (1959) - based on his military life. Although Space Cadet has a similar narrative structure and makes similar political statements to Starship Troopers, many critics have not paid much attention to Space Cadet but have energetically discussed Starship Troopers and regarded it as a militaristic and imperialistic novel. The first aim of this essay is to point out Heinlein's political statements in Space Cadet. Matt Dodson, the protagonist of this novel, enlists in a military structure, which is called The Interplanetary Patrol. We should notice that he is not a conscript soldier but a volunteer and that he is an ordinary WASP and has no special talents. He goes through rigorous training and finally became an elite soldier who has great authority. By resolving a conflict between the Terrans and Vinusians he became a hero. Heinlein cleverly leads his young readers to long for heroic soldiers and to aspire to becoming such soldiers. Although the Patrol consists of various races and ethnic groups, there is no racial discrimination and there are no ethic or religious disputes. Heinlein describes this police structure as a utopia on which the United States of America should model itself. The second aim of this essay is to show how Heinlein made the parents of his young readers think that this novel does not contain "dangerous" political statements but is an ordinary joyf
Editeur
Hiroshima University, Faculty of Letters
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ISSN : 1347-7013
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Japonais
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