By Peter Swirski
The usa at the present time is bothered with political alienation, militarized violence, institutionalized poverty, and social anguish. Worst of all, might be, it really is troubled with power and acute ahistoricism. the United States insist on ignoring the context of its current dilemmas. It insists on forgetting what preceded the headlines of this day and on denying continuity with historical past. It insists, briefly, on its exceptionalism.
American Utopia and Social Engineering units out to right this amnesia. It misses no chance to flesh out either the historic premises and the political can provide at the back of the social guidelines and political occasions of the interval. those interdisciplinary matters offer, in flip, the framework for the analyses of works of yank literature that reflect their instances and mores.
Novels thought of contain: B.F. Skinner and Walden Two (1948), simply the main scandalous utopia of the century, if now not of all occasions; Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), an anatomy of political disfranchisement American-style; Bernard Malamud’s God’s Grace (1982), a neo-Darwinian beast delusion approximately morality within the thermonuclear age; Walker Percy’s The Thanatos Syndrome (1986), a diagnostic novel approximately engineering violence out of America’s streets and minds; and Philip Roth’s The Plot opposed to America (2004), an alternate heritage of homegrown ‘soft’ fascism.
With assistance from the 5 novels and the social types defined therein, Swirski interrogates key features of sociobiology and behavioural psychology, vote casting and referenda tactics, morality and altruism, multilevel choice and proverbial knowledge, violence and chip-implant know-how, and the adaptive function of feelings in our deepest and public lives.
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American Utopia and Social Engineering in Literature, Social Thought, and Political History (Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature) by Peter Swirski