Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Road to Immortality: Complicity, Guilt, and the Legacy of Nuclear Death
by El-Najjar, Ahmad M., M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2012, 67; 13833844
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this work is a cultural psychoanalytic reading of nuclear trauma. It is a reading of cultural trauma that seeks an etiology through a back-up-towards, or anasemic reading, of prior significations with a genesis in an event. It will be demonstrated that through a text, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, read as a carrier of hidden trauma that we can bring to light a legacy of transgenerational phantomatic haunting affecting Americans. This haunting will be shown to reside in nuclear trauma and specifically its role in a redefining of that very human condition: the fear of death. The methodology for this reading examines the text itself— McCarthy’s The Road—as the a symbolic representation of a signifying chain leading to guilt and complicity in nuclear death.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Golub, Philip
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, International Relations
Publication Number: 13833844
ISBN: 978-0-438-79596-9
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