Latent destinies : cultural paranoia and contemporary U.S. narrative

Patrick O'Donnell

"Latent Destinies" examines the formation of postmodern sensibilities and their relationship to varieties of paranoia that have been seen as widespread in this century. Despite the fact that the Cold War has ended and the threat of nuclear annihilation has been dramatically lessened by most estimates, the paranoia that has characterised the period has not gone away. Indeed, it is as if - as O'Donnell suggests - this paranoia has been internalized, scattered, and reiterated at a multitude of sites: Oklahoma City, Waco, Ruby Ridge, Bosnia, the White House, the United Nations, and numerous other places. O'Donnell argues that paranoia on the broadly cultural level is essentially a narrative process in which history and postmodern identity are negotiated simultaneously.The result is an erasure of historical temporality - the past and future become the all-consuming, self-aware present. To explain and exemplify this, O'Donnell looks at such books and films as "Libra", "JFK", "The Crying of Lot 49", "The Truman Show", "Reservoir Dogs", "Empire of the Senseless", "Oswald's Tale", "The Executioner's Song", "Underworld", "The Killer Inside Me", and "Groundhog Day". Organised around the topics of nationalism, gender, criminality, and construction of history, "Latent Destinies" establishes cultural paranoia as consonant with our contradictory need for multiplicity and certainty, for openness and secrecy, and for mobility and historical stability. Demonstrating how imaginative works of novels and films can be used to understand the postmodern historical condition, this book will interest students and scholars of American literature and cultural studies, postmodern theory, and film studies.

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"Latent Destinies" examines the formation of postmodern sensibilities and their relationship to varieties of paranoia that have been seen as widespread in this century. Despite the fact that the Cold War has ended and the threat of nuclear annihilation has been dramatically lessened by most estimates, the paranoia that has characterised the period has not gone away. Indeed, it is as if - as O'Donnell suggests - this paranoia has been internalized, scattered, and reiterated at a multitude of sites: Oklahoma City, Waco, Ruby Ridge, Bosnia, the White House, the United Nations, and numerous other places. O'Donnell argues that paranoia on the broadly cultural level is essentially a narrative process in which history and postmodern identity are negotiated simultaneously. The result is an erasure of historical temporality - the past and future become the all-consuming, self-aware present. To explain and exemplify this, O'Donnell looks at such books and films as "Libra", "JFK", "The Crying of Lot 49", "The Truman Show", "Reservoir Dogs", "Empire of the Senseless", "Oswald's Tale", "The Executioner's Song", "Underworld", "The Killer Inside Me", and "Groundhog Day". Organised around the topics of nationalism, gender, criminality, and construction of history, "Latent Destinies" establishes cultural paranoia as consonant with our contradictory need for multiplicity and certainty, for openness and secrecy, and for mobility and historical stability. Demonstrating how imaginative works of novels and films can be used to understand the postmodern historical condition, this book will interest students and scholars of American literature and cultural studies, postmodern theory, and film studies.

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[目次]

  • Preface The time of paranoia Postmodernity and the symptom of paranoia The symptom of paranoia
  • Paranoia and hisotry: Latent destinies
  • Postmodern temporalities Headshots: The theater of paranoia Branch-work: Libra
  • Stone's Oedipus: JFK
  • Performing character: Oswald's Tale Engendering paranoia The point of the cry: The Crying of Lot 49
  • The umbra of difference: The Shadow Knows
  • Exposing paranoia: Empire of the Senseless Criminality and paranoia The voice of paranoia: The Executioner's song
  • The cultural logic of paranoia: The Killer inside me
  • Men in black: Reservoir dogs Under history
  • Underworld

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[目次]

  • Preface The time of paranoia Postmodernity and the symptom of paranoia The symptom of paranoia
  • Paranoia and hisotry: Latent destinies
  • Postmodern temporalities Headshots: The theater of paranoia Branch-work: Libra
  • Stone's Oedipus: JFK
  • Performing character: Oswald's Tale Engendering paranoia The point of the cry: The Crying of Lot 49
  • The umbra of difference: The Shadow Knows
  • Exposing paranoia: Empire of the Senseless Criminality and paranoia The voice of paranoia: The Executioner's song
  • The cultural logic of paranoia: The Killer inside me
  • Men in black: Reservoir dogs Under history
  • Underworld

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書名 Latent destinies : cultural paranoia and contemporary U.S. narrative
著作者等 O'Donnell, Patrick
シリーズ名 New Americanists
出版元 Duke University Press
刊行年月 2000
ページ数 xi, 193 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 082232587X
0822325586
NCID BA49861917
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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