Brainwashing: The Fictions of Mind Control : a Study of Novels and Films Since World War II

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Kent State University Press, 2004 - 325 psl.

An examination of the literary and cinematic representations of brainwashing during the Cold War era

"Brainwashing: A method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, especially through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological-stress techniques" --Random House Dictionary

The term "brainwashing," coined during the Korean War, was popularized by a CIA operative who was a tireless campaigner against communism. It took hold quickly and became a means to articulate fears of totalitarian tendencies in American life. David Seed traces the assimilation of the notion of brainwashing into science fiction, political commentary, and conspiracy narratives of the Cold War era. He demonstrates how these works grew out of a context of political and social events and how they express the anxieties of the time.

This study reviews 1950s science fiction, Korean War fiction, and the film The Manchurian Candidate. Seed provides new interpret-ations of writers such as Orwell and Burroughs within the history of psychological manipulation for political purposes, using declassified and other documents to contextualize the material. He explores the shifting viewpoints of how brainwashing is represented, changing from an external threat to American values to an internal threat against individual American liberties by the U.S. government.

Anyone with an interest in science fiction, popular culture, or the Cold War will welcome this study.

 

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Precursors Nineteen EightyFour in Context
1
Brainwashing Defined and Applied
27
Dystopias Invasions and Takeovers
50
The Impact of Korea
81
The Manchurian Candidate
106
William Burroughs Control Technologies Viruses and Psychotronics
134
Psychotherapy and Social Enforcement
157
The Control of Violence
184
The Guinea Pigs
210
Cyberpunk and Other Revisions
238
Appendix
261
Notes
263
Bibliography
294
Index
317
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xvii psl. - American dread that someone else is patterning your life, that there are all sorts of invisible plots afoot to rob you of your autonomy of thought and action.

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