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This is Not a President
Author: Diane Rubenstein

ISBN: 9780814776025
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 17 December 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.1 x 2.3
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?Diane Rubenstein is without rival in her brilliant use of psychoanalytic theory for political science. No one since Michael Rogin has written so incisively about the American presidency and American popular culture. This Is Not a President radically transforms one's understanding of American political discourse.?--Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania In This Is Not a President, Diane Rubenstein looks at the postmodern presidency -- from Reagan and George H. W. Bush, through the current administration, and including Hillary. Focusing on those seemingly inexplicable gaps or blind spots in recent American presidential politics, Rubenstein interrogates symptomatic moments in political rhetoric, popular culture, and presidential behavior to elucidate profound and disturbing changes in the American presidency and the way it embodies a national imaginary. In a series of essays written in real time over the past four presidential administrations, Rubenstein traces the vernacular use of the American presidency (as currency, as grist for popular biography, as fictional TV material) to explore the ways in which the American presidency functions as a ?transitional object? t...

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