Critical Insights: Paranoia, Fear & Alienation

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Kimberly Drake
December 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-126-4
# of Pages: 300
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Paranoid fiction is described as "literature that explores the subjective nature of reality and how it can be manipulated by forces in power." This essay compilation investigates common motifs found in paranoid literature-such as dystopian settings and unreliable narrators-and studies the work of prominent authors in the genre, including Philip K. Dick, William S. Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, and more.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index