First as tragedy then as farce: Donald Trump and the US presidential election

Rowcroft, Andrew (2016) First as tragedy then as farce: Donald Trump and the US presidential election. In: Politics, Narrative, and the US Election, 13th-14th June 2016, University of Münster.

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The unfolding spectacle of the 2015-2016 presidential nominations are engaging for a number of reasons, not least of which, due to the entry of the billionaire and former television personality Donald Trump. From his positions on immigration, tax reform, second amendment rights, and US-China trade, Trump’s views have dominated much of western media coverage.

This paper turns a harsh critical gaze upon Trump’s recent campaign, drawing upon a number of fictional and filmic texts, including Netflix’s House of Cards, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004), EL Docotow’s The Book of Daniel (1971) and Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate (1959), which speak to recent events in mutually enriching ways. Exploring key cultural texts through the prism of recent political events, the paper will situate the US election with a broader cultural frame.

Keywords:American literature, American culture
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V232 USA History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:22996
Deposited On:23 Apr 2016 14:11

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