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Sorin Radu Cucu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254347

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254347.001.0001

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National Security in the Age of the Global Picture

National Security in the Age of the Global Picture

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The Underside of Politics

Sorin Radu Cucu

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a reading of The Public Burning by Robert Coover and The Royal Hunt by D. R. Popescu. These novels show that the conceptual framework of postmodern literary studies is unable to address the challenges faced by these texts' political interpretation of historical events. Coover and Popescu's interpretive narratives are representative fictions that, in their imaginative accounts of popular sovereignty, attempt to make sense of the “constitutive contingency of the political sphere and its generation of fantasies of unity that appease the anxieties of social fragmentation, stabilizing the social with the creation of political institutions”.

Keywords:   Robert Coover, D. R. Popescu, The Public Burning, The Royal Hunt

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