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Paranoia and Modernity
Author: John Farrell

ISBN: 9780801474064
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 16 September 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.0
Description:
Don Quixote is the first great modern paranoid adventurer. . . . Grandiosity and persecution define the characters of Swifts Gulliver, Stendhals Julien Sorel, Melvilles Ahab, Dostoyevskys Underground Man, Ibsens Masterbuilder Solness, Strindbergs Captain (in The Father), Kafkas K., and Joyces autobiographical hero Stephen Dedalus. . . . The all-encompassing conspiracy, very much in its original Rousseauvian cast, has become almost the normal way of representing society and its institutions since World War Two, giving impetus to heroic plots and counter-plots in a hundred films and in the novels of Burroughs, Heller, Ellison, Pynchon, Kesey, Mailer, DeLillo, and others.from Paranoia and Modernity Paranoia, suspicion, and control have preoccupied key Western intellectuals since the sixteenth century. Paranoia is a dominant concern in modern literature, and its peculiar constellation of symptomsgrandiosity, suspicion, unfounded hostility, delusions of persecution and conspiracyare nearly obligatory psychological components of the modern hero. How did paranoia come to the center of modern moral and intellectual consciousness? In Paranoia and Modernity, John Farrell brings...

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