A Do-it-yourself Dystopia: The Americanization of Big Brother

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University Press of America, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 161 pages
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The essence of life in an oligarchy like George Orwell presents in '1984' is that freedom of choice is virtually non-existent. But what happens when so many trivial and meaningless choices inundate a culture such as our own and freedom itself becomes devalued? In 'A Do-It-Yourself Dystopia', through a variety of essays, Steven Carter addresses this and other issues in a wide-ranging search for hidden oligarchies of the American self.
 

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Contents

Democracy and Doublethink
1
Newspeak for a New Millennium
29
The Despair of Possibility
43
The Bones of Saint Hermann Goering
55
A Country of Dreadful Joy
67
A Country of Dreadful Joy
77
The Masks of Passion
83
Alexanders Bitter Tears
95
Leopards in the Temple
113
The Rites of Memory
129
Bibliography
149
Index
159
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Steven Carter is Professor of English at California State University in Bakersfield.

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