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One of the attractions that Giles Goat-Boy held for its initial readers, which certainly contributed to its early commercial success, was the allegorical dimension of the novel. In this novel, Barth uses the university as a metaphor for the Cold War and divides his world into Eastern and Western campuses, with various quadrangles identified with the major powers of post-World War II politics. For example, America corresponds to New Tammany, Germany to Siegfrieder College, Asia to the monastic world of T'ang, and the Soviet Union to Nikolay College. In Barth's novel, New Tammany is led by Lucius Rexford, also known as "Lucky," a thinly-disguised portrait of President John F. Kennedy.

In addition, the various political ideologies are presented allegorically: For example, communism is described as Student-Unionism. The events of recent history are also represented in Barth's allegory so that, for example, World War II becomes Campus Riot II.

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Giles Goat-Boy from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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