Gothic perspectives on the American experience

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P. Lang, 2003 - History - 197 pages
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Although this alternative vision found its most virulent expression in the fascist ideology of Nazi Germany, the philosophical and psychological precedents of modern fascism were latent in the philistinism, nationalism, and militarism of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American history. According to some, these latent tendencies eventually culminated in a Cold War conflict between John F. Kennedy and the military-industrial-intelligence complex, sometimes referred to as the shadow government. According to the Gothic imagination, that conflict cost John F. Kennedy his life. This book examines the tensions between democratic idealism and covert fascism in the American experience, the Gothic dilemmas those tensions have provoked, and the contributions made by some of America's preeminent authors, politicians, historians, and filmmakers toward reforming an increasingly dystopian society along the utopian lines envisioned by the Founding Fathers."--Jacket.

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Narratives of Subversion
NineteenthCentury Political Gothic
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