By Peter Swirski
The usa this present day is troubled with political alienation, militarized violence, institutionalized poverty, and social ache. Worst of all, maybe, it's with power and acute ahistoricism. the USA insist on ignoring the context of its current dilemmas. It insists on forgetting what preceded the headlines of this present day and on denying continuity with background. It insists, in brief, on its exceptionalism.
American Utopia and Social Engineering units out to right this amnesia. It misses no chance to flesh out either the ancient premises and the political supplies in the back of the social regulations and political occasions of the interval. those interdisciplinary issues supply, in flip, the framework for the analyses of works of yankee literature that replicate 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 instances; 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 myth 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), another historical past of homegrown ‘soft’ fascism.
With the aid of the 5 novels and the social versions defined therein, Swirski interrogates key points of sociobiology and behavioural psychology, vote casting and referenda systems, morality and altruism, multilevel choice and proverbial knowledge, violence and chip-implant expertise, and the adaptive function of feelings in our deepest and public lives.
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