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Paradigms of paranoia : the culture of conspiracy in contemporary American fiction

Author: Samuel Coale
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Paradigms of Paranoia, Samuel Chase Coale argues that contemporary culture - a landscape characterized by doubt, ambiguity, fragmentation, information overload, and mistrust - has fostered a radical skepticism so pervasive that the tendency to envision or construct conspiracies often provides the best explanation for the chaos that surrounds us." "Conspiracy as embodied in narrative form provides a fertile field  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Coale
ISBN: 0817314474 9780817314477
OCLC Number: 61141929
Description: 258 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The conspiracy of postmodernism as suspect and sublime --
Conspiracy and apocalypse in popular culture --
Conspiracy in fiction: from Da Vinci to Damascus --
Joan Didion: the fatal glamour of conspiracy --
Don DeLillo: mystic musings in a paranoid's paradise --
Thomas Pynchon: the functions of conspiracy and the performance of paranoia --
Toni Morrison's trilogy of obsession: 'Something rogue' and conspiracy's comeuppance.
Responsibility: Samuel Chase Coale.
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