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The 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter 1. Vulnerabilities
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Chapter 2. Secret Immobilities and the Poetics of the Uncanny
  2. pp. 20-45
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  1. Chapter 3. Dreaming the Colonized World: The Resonance of Captivity
  2. pp. 46-79
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  1. Chapter 4. You Can’t Repair History
  2. pp. 80-110
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  1. Chapter 5. Here Comes a Change: At Home in the Weird
  2. pp. 111-130
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  1. Chapter 6. It All Comes Together: Power, Containment, the Dream of Escape
  2. pp. 131-160
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  1. Coda: One More Thing
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 173-182
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472121540
Related ISBN
9780472072941
MARC Record
OCLC
1049859313
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-29
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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