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Death's Dream Kingdom


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Table of Contents

Preface: The Way We Were
1. 911- America
2. Living in Death's Dream Kingdom: The Psychotic Core of Capitalist Ideology
3. Passion of the Christ in Abu Ghraib
4. Weapons of Mass Destruction Found in Iraq
5. A Humanistic Response to 9-11: Robert Jay Lifton, or the Nostalgia for Guarantees
6. A Postmodernist Response to 9-11: Slavoj Zizek, or the Jouissance of an Abstract Hegelian
7. Bible Says: The Psychology of Christian Fundamentalism
8. The Psychodynamics of Terror
9. Evil: As Psychological Process and as Philosophic Concept
10. Men of Good Will: Toward an Ethic of the Tragic

About the Author

Walter A. Davis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre (Pluto, 2006) and Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche Since 9-11 (Pluto, 2006).


'It spans social and psychological dimensions with unflinching willingness to speak the truth as the author discovers it. Davis writes with fervor, vision, and keen moral appreciation of our condition. He encourages us to see what we fear to see, to say what we fear to say. This book is illuminating, challenging, fierce' -- Michael Eigen, author of The Sensitive Self, Rage, Ecstasy, Toxic Nourishment, Damaged Bonds, andThe Psychoanalytic Mystic.
'What strikes me about this book is the utter originality. [Davis] has developed a distinctive voice that manages to talk about the densest theoretical concepts in the most approachable language imaginable' -- Todd McGowan
'An unsettling book, passionately and lovingly crafted by a superb and unique writer and thinker' -- Counterpunch
'The most important contribution of this wide-ranging book is its redefinition of ideology: Davis argues that ideology is not so much a matter of what you believe as why you believe it. [An] important book' -- Eugene Holland, Ohio State University

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