What is it about?
Donald Trump's presidency represents a chaotic turn in American politics, but how departed from late twentieth century culture is this era of post-truth? This article considers how post-truth culture's dismissal of facts transforms our understanding of American Psycho's harrowing critique of consumer capitalism. Overall, the article suggests post-truth culture can be viewed as a logical outcome of both late twentieth century capitalism and postmodern literary styles, translating these features from fictional texts to a political reality.
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Why is it important?
This article offers a unique reading of American Psycho as contemporary novel. By considering the connections between post-truth culture and postmodern American fiction, it questions whether postmodernism has been transformed and reformulated in contemporary America, rather than being left in the twentieth century. Its reflection upon the cyclical features of capitalism recognizes the cross-over influences of the novel and the New Right. In doing so, it also makes an original contribution to knowledge regarding the influence of American Psycho within the New Right, post-truth culture, and Donald Trump's presidency.
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This page is a summary of: Twenty‐First Century Postmodernism: The Legacy of
in the Era of Donald Trump, The Journal of American Culture, September 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jacc.13281.
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