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Author Butter, Michael.

Title The epitome of evil : Hitler in American fiction, 1939-2002 / Michael Butter
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 218 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1 The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Narrative, or The Emergence, Disappearance, and Return of Hitler Fiction, 1939-1968; Chapter 2 "Keeping the Monster Alive": The Cultural Work of Hitler Fiction; Chapter 3 Hitler, Nixon, and Vietnam: Self-Critique in Early 1970s Fiction; Chapter 4 Children, Clones, Conspiracies: Projection in Late 1970s and Early 1980s Novels; Chapter 5 Hitler, Stalin, and bin Laden: External and Internal Othering since the Mid-1980s; Chapter 6 Redeeming Hitler? Steve Erickson's Tours of the Black Clock (1989)
ConclusionAppendix: American Hitler Fiction, 1939-2002; Notes; Works Cited and Consulted; Index
Summary This groundbreaking study argues the figure of Adolf Hitler has become a powerful trope in American culture and explores the implications of this original argument. Focusing on fictional texts that feature Hitler as a character, but taking film and political discourse into account as well, The Epitome of Evil traces the trope's shifting cultural work from World War II to the 'war on terror.' This analysis centers on the proliferation of the use of Hitler in art since 1968 and the transformation from a means of left-wing critique into a rhetorical device of right-wing politics
Notes This book is a slightly revised version of my doctoral dissertation completed in March 2007 and submitted to the University of Bonn, Germany--Acknowlegments
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-208) and index
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Subject Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- In literature.
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Influence.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230613411