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Author Seed, David

Title Brainwashing : the fictions of mind control : a study of novels and films since World War II / David Seed
Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, 2004


Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 325 pages)
Contents Precursors: Nineteen eighty-four in context -- Brainwashing defined and applied -- Dystopias, invasions, and takeovers -- The impact of Korea -- The Manchurian Candidate -- William Burroughs: Control technologies, viruses, and psychotronics -- Psychotherapy and social enforcement -- The control of violence -- The guinea pigs -- Cyberpunk and other revisions
Summary "David Seed traces the assimilation of the notion of brainwashing into science fiction, political commentary, and conspiracy narratives of the Cold War era. He demonstrates how these works grew out of a context of political and social events and how they express the anxieties of the time." "This study reviews 1950s science fiction, Korean War fiction, and the film The Manchurian Candidate. Seed provides new interpretations of writers such as Orwell and Burroughs within the history of psychological manipulation for political purposes, using declassified and other documents to contextualize the material. He explores the shifting viewpoints of how brainwashing is represented, changing from an external threat to American values to an internal threat against individual American liberties by the U.S. government."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-316) and index
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Subject English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Brainwashing in literature.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Literature and science -- English-speaking countries
World War, 1939-1945 -- Literature and the war.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Influence.
Brainwashing in motion pictures.
Alien abduction in literature.
Conspiracies in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Alien abduction in literature
American fiction
Brainwashing in literature
Brainwashing in motion pictures
Conspiracies in literature
English fiction
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Literature and science
War and literature
English-speaking countries
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781612774077