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The American Imperial Gothic by Johan Höglund
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A fascinating, thought-provoking study into the military and imperial rationales behind recent gothic narratives. From Michael Bay to Batman, spanning The Walking Dead and Dawn of the Dead, tackling scholars and scribes like Max Boot, Chalmers Johnson, Niall Ferguson and Julian Go, Höglund comprehensively lays out how history isn't necessarily doomed to repeat itself, but rather that narratives show us history is merely still slowly moving from the embarrassments and traumas of the past.

The study does feel like it could have gone into more detail with some gothic texts and scholarly applications - more of a look at Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's notions of Empire in particular would've been good, rather than the passing reference towards the book's conclusion - and there are certain passages where the language can feel a little repetitive. Despite this, it's an intriguing read that'll have you thinking twice about the subtext of simple stories like Battle: Los Angeles and querying the binaries the United States entertainment industry would rather you accept without question.

Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

February 3, 2015 – Started Reading
February 3, 2015 – Shelved
February 3, 2015 –
page 57
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February 4, 2015 –
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February 8, 2015 – Finished Reading

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