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Paradigms of Paranoia: The Culture of Conspiracy in Contemporary American Fiction Hardcover – March 28, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0817314477 ISBN-10: 0817314474 Edition: 1st Edition

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (March 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817314474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817314477
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,713,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most comprehensive and clear summary of the conspiracy theme yet available . . . and a useful scholarly resource. Coale is to be commended for grappling with the mass of writing, critical and creative, that both responds to and perpetuates the theme."--Joseph Tabbi, author of Cognitive Fictions

About the Author

Samuel Chase Coale is Professor of American Literature and Culture at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and author of Mesmerism and Hawthorne: Mediums of American Romance and The Mystery of Mysteries: Cultural Differences and Designs.

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Paradigms of paranoia

The culture of conspiracy in contemporary American Fiction

I'm presenting my thoughts on this publication by Samuel Chase Coale because I feel that material of this nature is a expanded "secondary, side bar" component for adults who recognize the awareness in that there's some serious disconnect going on regarding our institutions, be it the government, MSM, academic structures, or what have you.

The general direction in what I'm attempting to point out in this review can be recognized by examining other publications I've commented on, but specifically, my personal mission is to validate the illusory, fictional story in regards my government's official explanation about what happened on September 11th, 2001, is why I got and read this publication.

The author uses various "American fiction media examples" as a foundation for exploring the culture of conspiracy. The author applied his thesis on Page 217 in the epilogue, saying that "Fundamentalists of all stripes seek to locate that independent validation in a scared book, an authority figure, historical and cultural practices, and certain sacred narratives." The author continues on by saying "From my point of view that validation restricts life's possibilities and it seeks to ground and harness them once and for all.
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