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Conspiracy in America

ENG 261/AMS 357

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How do we analyze conspiracy narratives and conspiratorial thinking at a moment when the government spies on its citizens and profitable technology companies have turned surveillance itself into an economic necessity? Under what historical, political, and economic conditions do conspiracies proliferate? In this course we analyze conspiracies, paranoia, rumors, and the contemporary economies of dis/information and post-facts. Course material will be drawn from American history, from the 19th century to the present, and will include manifestos, films, novels, online fora, and theoretical texts in psychoanalysis, narrative theory and politics.
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Section P01B

  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P01B
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 0
  • Capacity: 0
  • Class Number: 22520
  • Schedule: T 03:30 PM-04:20 PM

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