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The covert sphere : secrecy, fiction, and the national security state, Timothy Melley

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The covert sphere : secrecy, fiction, and the national security state
Title
The covert sphere
Title remainder
secrecy, fiction, and the national security state
Statement of responsibility
Timothy Melley
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In The Covert Sphere, Melley links this cultural shift to the birth of the national security state in 1947. As the United States developed a vast infrastructure of clandestine organizations, it shielded policy from the public sphere and gave rise to a new cultural imaginary, "the covert sphere." One of the surprising consequences of state secrecy is that citizens must rely substantially on fiction to "know," or imagine, their nation's foreign policy. The potent combination of institutional secrecy and public fascination with the secret work of the state was instrumental in fostering the culture of suspicion and uncertainty that has plagued American society ever since--and, Melley argues, that would eventually find its fullest expression in postmodernism. The Covert Sphere traces these consequences from the Korean War through the War on Terror, examining how a regime of psychological operations and covert action has made the conflation of reality and fiction a central feature of both U.S. foreign policy and American culture. Melley interweaves Cold War history with political theory and original readings of films, television dramas, and popular entertainments--from The Manchurian Candidate through 24--as well as influential writing by Margaret Atwood, Robert Coover, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, E.L. Doctorow, Michael Herr, Denis Johnson, Norman Mailer, Tim O'Brien, and many others."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
AZK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Melley, Timothy
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Espionage in literature
  • Literature and history
  • National security
  • Popular culture
  • Popular culture
  • Secrecy in literature
  • Spy stories, American
  • Terrorism in literature
  • World politics in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • World politics in literature
  • Secrecy in literature
  • Popular culture
  • Literature and history
  • American fiction
  • Espionage in literature
  • Spy stories, American
  • Terrorism in literature
  • United States
  • Literatur
  • Spionage
  • Terrorismus
  • Geheimdienst
  • Massenkultur
  • Politische Einstellung
  • USA
Label
The covert sphere : secrecy, fiction, and the national security state, Timothy Melley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "The Covert Sphere "; "Contents "; "Preface "; "Introduction: The Postmodern Public Sphere "; "Cold War Redux "; "We Now Know "; "Public Secrets "; "Mere Entertainment "; "Strategic Irrationalism "; "Representations of the Covert State "; "1. Brainwashed! "; "The Faisalabad Candidate "; "Brain Warfare "; "Little Shop of Horrors "; "Softening Up Our Boys "; "Renditions "; "2. Spectacles of Secrecy "; "Trial by Simulation "; "Political Theater "; "Recovered (National) Memory "; "The Stateâ€?s Two Faces "; "Fakery in Allegiance to the Truth "; "The Fabulist Spy "
  • "3. False Documents " "True Lies "; "Enemies of the State "; "Psy Ops "; "The Epistemology of Vietnam "; "4. The Work of Art in the Age of Plausible Deniability "; "Narrative Dysfunction "; "Calculated Ellipsis "; "The Feminization of the Public Sphere "; "The Journalist as Patsy "; "Metafiction in Wartime "; "5. Postmodern Amnesia "; "Assassins of Memory "; "The Dialectics of Spectacle and Secrecy "; "Secret History "; "The Magic Show "; "6. The Geopolitical Melodrama "; "Ground Zero "; "Enemies, Foreign and Domestic "; "Whatever It Takes "; "Demonology "; "Melodrama as Policy " "Notes "; "Works Cited "; "Index "
Control code
ocn961606249
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 289 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801465918
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 40021587695
  • 10.7591/9780801465918
  • ebc3138392
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8h6s5
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)961606249
Label
The covert sphere : secrecy, fiction, and the national security state, Timothy Melley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "The Covert Sphere "; "Contents "; "Preface "; "Introduction: The Postmodern Public Sphere "; "Cold War Redux "; "We Now Know "; "Public Secrets "; "Mere Entertainment "; "Strategic Irrationalism "; "Representations of the Covert State "; "1. Brainwashed! "; "The Faisalabad Candidate "; "Brain Warfare "; "Little Shop of Horrors "; "Softening Up Our Boys "; "Renditions "; "2. Spectacles of Secrecy "; "Trial by Simulation "; "Political Theater "; "Recovered (National) Memory "; "The Stateâ€?s Two Faces "; "Fakery in Allegiance to the Truth "; "The Fabulist Spy "
  • "3. False Documents " "True Lies "; "Enemies of the State "; "Psy Ops "; "The Epistemology of Vietnam "; "4. The Work of Art in the Age of Plausible Deniability "; "Narrative Dysfunction "; "Calculated Ellipsis "; "The Feminization of the Public Sphere "; "The Journalist as Patsy "; "Metafiction in Wartime "; "5. Postmodern Amnesia "; "Assassins of Memory "; "The Dialectics of Spectacle and Secrecy "; "Secret History "; "The Magic Show "; "6. The Geopolitical Melodrama "; "Ground Zero "; "Enemies, Foreign and Domestic "; "Whatever It Takes "; "Demonology "; "Melodrama as Policy " "Notes "; "Works Cited "; "Index "
Control code
ocn961606249
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 289 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801465918
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • 40021587695
  • 10.7591/9780801465918
  • ebc3138392
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8h6s5
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)961606249

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