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Death's Dream Kingdom The American Psyche since 9-11

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ISBN-10: 0745324681

ISBN-13: 9780745324685

Edition: 2006

Authors: Walter A. Davis

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"Davis writes with fervor, vision, and keen moral appreciation of our condition. He encourages us to see what we fear to see, to say what we fear to say. This book is illuminating, challenging, fierce." Michael Eigen, author of The Sensitive Self, Rage, Ecstasy, Toxic Nourishment, Damaged Bonds andThe Psychoanalytic Mystic Why is fear a dominant emotion in contemporary society? Why are politicians using words like 'terror', 'evil' and 'fundamentalism', and what effect is it having on public consciousness? Answering these questions, Walter A. Davis taps into the cultural psyche to explore the link between ideology and emotional and psychological manipulation. Starting with the three topics that have preoccupied social discourse since 9-11 -- terror, evil and fundamentalism -- he shows that the Bush administration has been hugely successful in controlling and developing a new political climate through the creation of an almost hypnotic mass consciousness. Davis's findings take us to the heart of the ideological paralysis of the Left, while offering an innovative approach to understanding contemporary history. Davis fuses a psychoanalytic and philosophical framework to explain the relation between culture and political events, from the sado-masochist hysteria of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ' to the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison; and from the genocidal use of depleted uranium in Iraq to the apocalyptic language driving the Christian Right's assault on basic human rights. He exposes the motives and belief-systems of this new American psyche and shows how it sustains the Bush administration's agenda. Illuminating how psychological needs govern political action, Davis reveals why the relationship between politics and public consciousness has massive implications for all of us beyond America's borders. Walter A. Davis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of six previous books, including Inwardness and Existence: Subjectivity in/and Hegel, Heidegger, Marx and Freud (University of Wisconsin Press, 1989) and Deracination: Historicity, Hiroshima, and the Tragic Imperative (SUNY Press, 2001).
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 3/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Walter A. Davis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of six previous books, including Inwardness and Existence: Subjectivity in/and Hegel, Heidegger, Marx and Freud (University of Wisconsin Press, 1989) and Deracination: Historicity, Hiroshima, and the Tragic Imperative (SUNY Press, 2001).

Acknowledgements
Preface: The Way We Were
The Belly of the Beast
911-America
Ground Zero as Image
Mourning vs Evacuation
The Psyche That Dropped the Bomb
After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness?
Living in Death's Dream Kingdom: The Psychotic Core of Capitalist Ideology
Ideology as Delusional Fantasy
Capitalism as Fulfillment of the Ideological Enterprise
Passion of the Christ in Abu Ghraib
The Misfit's Dilemma
Movie-goers in the Hands of an Angry Film-maker
The Non-Accidental Tourist
The Principle of Hope: or, The Late, Late, Late Show
Endgame: The Christ of Abu Ghraib
Weapons of Mass Destruction Found in Iraq
Laugh-in Brings You the News
Appointment in Samarra
The Fatal Lure of Guarantees
The Nuclear Unconscious
The Fantasmatic Becomes the Real
A Billet for Dubya
Final Jeopardy
A Humanistic Response to 9-11: Robert Jay Lifton, or the Nostalgia for Guarantees
History With and Without Guarantees
The End of Humanism
A Postmodernist Response to 9-11: Slavoj Zizek, or the Jouissance of an Abstract Hegelian
The Pleasures of Ideological Criticism
How to Become a Critical Critic
The Missed Encounter
To the Left of the Left
Bible Says: The Psychology of Christian Fundamentalism
Literalism
Conversion
Evangelicalism
Apocalypse Now
Sexual Roots of the Fundamentalist Psyche
The Psychodynamics of Terror
Home Brewed
Evacuation Through Projective Identification
The Perfect Murder: Soul Murder
Thanatos: The Pleasure of Terror
Patriot Games
Evil: As Psychological Process and as Philosophic Concept
Ordinary People
Radical Evil
Systemic Evil: The Psycho-Logic of Capitalism
Men of Good Will: Toward an Ethic of the Tragic
The Ethical Significance of Pat Tillman
Psychoanalysis and Ethics
The Apostle of Duty and the Subject of Existence
The Choice on which Ethics Turns
Toward an Existential Ethic
The Value That Admits No Equivalent
Tragic Situatedness: A Modest Proposal
Singing in the Hard Rain
Notes
References
Index