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I Sing the Body Politic: History as Prophecy in Contemporary American Literatureby Peter Swirski
Synopses & Reviews
The Iraq War is the most obvious catalyst for the volume, but over the course of discussions of Joseph Heller, Philip Roth, Michael Moore, Spike Lee, and war memoirs written by soldiers who served in the Gulf, contributors reflect on contemporary American history, society, and politics. Offering a detailed and devastating critique of the political order dominated by the military-industrial-congressional complex and the conservative wing of the Republican Party, I Sing the Body Politic comments on an array of social inequalities and compromised political ideals, as well as artistic resistance and large-scale movements for sociopolitical change.
Contributors include David Rampton (University of Ottawa), Nicholas Ruddick (University of Regina), Gordon Slethaug (University of Southern Denmark), Peter Swirski (Hong Kong University), and Michael Zeitlin (University of British Columbia).
A critical investigation of the dead ends, dead metaphors, dead bodies, and other historical constants of American politics.
About the Author
Peter Swirski is director of American Studies at Hong Kong University and author of numerous books, including A Stanislaw Lem Reader, From Lowbrow to Nobrow, The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem, and All Roads Lead to the American City.
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