American Secrets: The Politics and Poetics of Secrecy in the Literature and Culture of the United States [NOOK Book]

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Predicated upon the principles of political freedom, cultural openness, religious tolerance, individual self-reliance and ethnic diversity, the United States of America has been tempted recurrently by the lures of the secret. American Secrets explores this political, historical and cultural phenomenon from many, often surprisingly overlapping angles in these analyses of the literary and cultural uses and abuses of secrecy within a democratic culture. Through analyses of diverse literary works and cultural ...
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American Secrets: The Politics and Poetics of Secrecy in the Literature and Culture of the United States

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Overview

Predicated upon the principles of political freedom, cultural openness, religious tolerance, individual self-reliance and ethnic diversity, the United States of America has been tempted recurrently by the lures of the secret. American Secrets explores this political, historical and cultural phenomenon from many, often surprisingly overlapping angles in these analyses of the literary and cultural uses and abuses of secrecy within a democratic culture. Through analyses of diverse literary works and cultural manifestations - from Twain's anti-imperialist prophecies to 9/11 conspiracy theories, from the traumas of the Vietnam war to the homophobia of the American military establishment, from the unresolved dilemmas of nuclear politics to the secret ecologies shunted aside by the exploitation of the environment, from the questionings of national identity from the ethnic and (trans)sexual margins to the confessional modes of poetry and the poetics of the unspeakable and unrepresentable - these essays reveal the politics within the poetics and, indissociably, the poetics fueling the politics of secrecy in its ambivalent deployment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611470079
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson
  • Publication date: 9/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,204,721
  • File size: 605 KB

Meet the Author

Eduardo Barros is postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of English at Universidade da Coruña, Spain. José Liste Noya teaches American Literature at the Universidade da Coruña in northwestern Spain.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: America the Secret
Secret Nation / Nation of Secrets
Shelley Fisher Fishkin - “None but the Dead Are Permitted to Tell the Truth”: Mark Twain’s Missives to the Future
Carmen Méndez García - The Ultimate Secrecy: Feminist Readings of Masculine Trauma in Vietnam War Literature
Esther Pérez Villalba - (Don’t) Trust the U.S. Government: Paul Greengrass’ United 93 and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
David Río - The Desert as a National Sacrifice Zone: The Nuclear Controversy in Nevada Fiction
Boris Vejdovsky - Hidden Truths and Open Lies: The Performance of U.S. History and Mythography in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and its Film Adaptation
Robert Vorlicky - Dirty Laundry on the Line: Staging the Nation in Contemporary U.S. Drama and Performance

Secret Selves
Marie C. Bouchet - Lolita, the Secret of/in Lolita: “Poerotics” of Secrecy
Carmen Induráin Eraso - American Secrets on the Road towards the West
Inmaculada Lara Bonilla - Family Secrets: Carving Identity out of Silence in Borderlands/La Frontera.
Steve Schessler - The Black Sheep I Am: Anne Sexton, Madness, and the Performance of Confession
Paul Scott Derrick - Dickinson, Doubt, and the Skeptical Argument: Notes for a Defense of the Unspoken
Jefferey Simons - Enabling Secrecy: Hermeneutics, the Lyric, and Dickinson’s Poem 340

(The) Other(´s) Secrets
Carmen Flys Junquera - Whispers in the Wind, Visions in the Fog: Nature’s Secrets in Linda Hogan’s Novels
Christian Hummelsund Voie - Blood on the Tire Iron: Battle on Secret Ideological Frontiers in Brokeback Mountain
Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz - Secret Links in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker: Reflections on Another Composite Novel by an Ethnic Writer
María Frías - AIDS—The Disease With No Name?: Jamaica Kincaid’s My Brother (1997)

Notes
Bibliography
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