Title page for ETD etd-04072005-104024

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Holliday, Valerie Rose
Author's Email Address vholli2@lsu.edu
URN etd-04072005-104024
Title Conspiracy Culture in America after World War II
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Carl Freedman Committee Chair
Ed White Committee Member
Elsie Michie Committee Member
Katrina Powell Committee Member
Patricia Suchy Committee Member
Kevin Mulcahy Dean's Representative
  • philip k. dick
  • van gosse
  • fail safe
  • manchurian candidate
  • x files
  • bay of pigs
  • oliver stone
  • don delillo
  • john f. kennedy assassination
Date of Defense 2005-03-28
Availability unrestricted
Feminism has all too often been reified as a theoretical category. Specifically, Marxist critical categories fail to account for the integral importance of gender in any sociopolitical critique. This dissertation attempts to dereify gender and demonstrate a theoretical model that seamlessly integrates psychoanalysis, Marxism, and feminism. Conspiracy culture in America since World War II is an ideal aperture through which we may envision such a theoretical approach, and indeed see the critical need for such an approach. This dissertation looks at several post-war American conspiracy narratives, including Oliver Stone’s JFK and Nixon, Don DeLillo’s Libra, Sidney Lumet’s Fail Safe, John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate, several novels by Philip K. Dick, and Fox Broadcast Network’s The X Files. Through this study of conspiracy culture we see the post-war construction of masculinity and its connections to economic structures.
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