American Secrets: The Politics and Poetics of Secrecy in the Literature and Culture of the United States

American Secrets: The Politics and Poetics of Secrecy in the Literature and Culture of the United States

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American Secrets: The Politics and Poetics of Secrecy in the Literature and Culture of the United States by José Liste-Noya

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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ISBN-13: 9781611470079
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 274
File size: 619 KB

About 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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