The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny
Susan Lepselter (Author)
DescriptionThe Resonance of Unseen Things offers an ethnographic meditation on the "uncanny" persistence and cultural freight of conspiracy theory. The project is a reading of conspiracy theory as an index of a certain strain of late 20th-century American despondency and malaise, especially as understood by people experiencing downward social mobility. Written by a cultural anthropologist with a literary background, this deeply interdisciplinary book focuses on the enduring American preoccupation with captivity in a rapidly transforming world. Captivity is a trope that appears in both ordinary and fantastic iterations here, and Susan Lepselter shows how multiple troubled histories-of race, class, gender, and power-become compressed into stories of uncanny memory.
The University of Michigan Press
29 February 2016
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