The Story of an Encounter: Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male

  • Michael J. Hayes
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Rogue Male opens with the hero stalking the leader of a foreign power at his country retreat near the Polish border.1 The assumption is usually made that the figure in question is Hitler. Perhaps it is, but Household never states that it is, and one asks, did Hitler wear waistcoats? The figure in the sights of the hunting rifle certainly does (p. 18). One might dismiss the point as fairly trivial, fictionists’ licence, and given the date of publication, just before the war in 1939, courtesy might demand circumspection.


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  1. 1.
    Geoffrey Household, Rogue Male (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1978). All quotations are from this edition.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    The Dialogic Imagination, ed. Michael Holquist (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986),Google Scholar
  3. 2.
    Mary Louise Pratt’s Toward A Speech Act Theory of Literary Discourse (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1977).Google Scholar

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