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The Literature of Propaganda, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1558628789
  • ISBN-13: 9781558628786
  • DDC: 809.93358
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 1413 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2013
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Throughout history, literary works of all kinds have been used to spread propaganda and influence public opinion for or against one cause or another. The Literature of Propaganda examines these literary works and explores ways in which propaganda shapes public opinion, persuades its audience, and impacts society. In addition, it seeks to answer the following questions: How is propaganda described in literature? How is it used to influence our views? How do we recognize a work as propaganda? Propaganda has been used in one form another to influence the public opinion for or against one cause or another. From early theater, to public speeches, to magazines, books, film and more, propaganda pervades our society. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines propaganda as "2: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person 3: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause,also: a public action having such an effect."

The Literature of Propaganda showcases propaganda portrayed in literature:, such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. It also features literature that was specifically created as propaganda or used in that way:, such as The Moon is Is Down by John Steinbeck, and The Leopard’s Spots, The Clansman, The Traitor by Thomas Dixon. Finally, it explores works that deliver a vision as described by an influential leader:, such as Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung by Mao Tse-TungZedong, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

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  • 3 volumes each.
  • 300 entries each.
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  • In general, each entry will contain an Overview, Historical and Literary Context, Themes and Style, Critical Discussion, Sources, and Further Reading.
  • Some entries will contain Primary Source excerpts.
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Table of Contents

Appeals and Exhortations.
Address to the Slaves of the United States.
An Almond for a Parrot.
Crusade Sermons.
The Epitome, the Epistle, and Hay Any Work for Cooper.
Graveside Oration for Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.
Hope Speech.
In Flanders Fields.
Iron Curtain Speech.
Liberty or Death: Proclamation to the Inhabitants of Haiti.
Manifesto against Spain.
The Negro's Complaint.
On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church.
Pericles’s Funeral Oration.
Throw Your Bodies upon the Gears.
Total War Speech.
The Bomb.
The Coming Insurrection.
Green Book.
Guerrilla Warfare.
Hind Swaraj.
Manifesto for Armed Action.
Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerrilla.
The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Port Huron Statement.
Prison Poems.
The Secret Agent.
Education and Indoctrination.
Boarding School; or, Lessons of a Preceptress to Her Pupils.
Charlotte Temple.
How to Win: A Book for Girls.
Humiliations Follow'd with Deliverances.
John Hopkins's Notions of Political Economy.
On Seeing England for the First Time.
Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come.
Quotations from Chairman Mao.
Six Nights with the Washingtonians: A Series of Original Temperance Tales.
Things Fall Apart.
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic.
The Feminine Mystique.
How Railroads Make Public Opinion.
How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York.
I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala.
In Salvador, Death (Song of Protest).
Inside the Company.
The Jungle.
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath.
Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies.
Silent Spring.
This Blinding Absence of Light.
Wikileaks Manifesto.
Formal Innovations.
American Pictures.
American Slavery as It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses.
A Game at Chesse.
Halfway to Freedom; A Report on the New India.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
Of Cannibals.
Pale Fire.
The Political House that Jack Built.
The Silver Tassie.
U.S.A. Trilogy.
The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
Crusades through Arab Eyes.
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution.
Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
The Gallic Wars.
The History and Topography of Ireland.
History of the Kings of Britain.
History Will Absolve Me.
Influence of Seapower upon History.
Irish Rebellion.
Manibo (Ten Thousand Lives).
My Grandmother.
National Liberation and Culture.
Native Life in South Africa: Before and Since the European War and the Boer Rebellion.
A People's History of the United States.
Art or Propaganda?.
Criteria of Negro Art.
Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda.
General Plan of the Constitution of a Protestant Congregation or Society for Propagating. Christian Knowledge.
The Gulf War Did Not Take Place.
Manufacturing Consent.
A New Look at the Language Question.
The Paranoid Style in American Politics.
Politics and the English Language.
The Prince.
Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes.
Public and Its Problems.
Public Opinion.
Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide.
Wretched of the Earth.
Yan'an Talks on Art and Literature.
Classes and Masses.
Dumb Luck.
The Factory Ship.
God's Bits of Wood.
A Hazard of New Fortunes.
Heartbreak House.
In the Slums of Glasgow.
Johannesburg Mines.
Life in the Iron-Mills.
Mao II.
Meet Me on the Barricades.
Les Miserables.
Mother Courage and Her Children.
North and South.
Plumes: A Folk Tragedy.
Preamble to the Constitution of the IWW.
The Purgatory of Suicides.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist.
Cultural Critics.
9 Parts of Desire.
The Better Part.
The Bone People.
Cry, the Beloved Country.
The Great Scourge.
The Home and the World.
The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant.
Infants of the Spring.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
The Lying Days.
Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman.
The New Year's Sacrifice.
The Outsider.
Second Class Citizen.
The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist.
Stay Away from Me (Bangladesh I), Bangladesh II, and On My Return from Dhaka (Bangladesh III).
Three Guineas.
Toba Tek Singh.
The Worming of a Mad Dog; Or, A Sop for Cerberus the Jailer of Hell.
Dissidents and Rebels.
An Address to the People on the Death of the Princess Charlotte.
Appeal in Four Articles.
Black Panther Party Platform.
Blake; or the Huts of America.
Dyke Manifesto.
Fire From the Mountain: The Making of a Sandinista.
Genocide in Nigeria.
I Write What I Like.
Manifesto of Umkhonto we Sizwe.
Open Letter to the Military Junta.
Plea for Captain John Brown.
Red Man's Rebuke.
Battle Hymn of the Republic.
A Bell for Adano.
The Blinkards.
The British Prison Ship.
Carta de Jamaica.
Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture.
Common Sense.
Declaration of Independence.
England and Spain, or Valor and Patriotism.
Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism.
The Faerie Queene.
The Federalist.
Letters from General Washington to Several of His Friends in the Year 1776.
Letters of Relation.
Make Bright the Arrows.
Mein Kampf.
The Moon Is Down.
National Song.
Selected Writings (1920-1966).
The Song of Roland.
Starship Troopers.
Swept and Garnished.
Vitai Lampada.
The War Prayer.
The Wealth of Nations.
Parties and Factions.
Animal Farm.
Beware the Cat.
The Cantos.
The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan.
El Matadero.
The Mozi.
The Muses Are Heard.
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme.
Poems for Spain.
Reflections on the Revolution in France.
The Rice Sprout Song.
Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality.
Shop of the Lin Family & Spring Silkworms.
Sweet and Sour Milk.
Venice Preserv’d, or, a Plot Discovered.
What Is the Third Estate?.
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places.
Distortions and Delusions.
American Hero.
Brave New World.
Far and Beyon'.
Homo Zapiens.
The Hothouse by the East River.
The Letter.
The Liberty Campaign.
The Manchurian Candidate.
Mario and the Magician.
Mother Night.
The Nuclear Age.
The Sale of the Hessians.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
Thank You for Smoking.
We'll Meet Again.
Dystopias and Utopias
Black No More.
A Canticle for Liebowitz.
The Dispossessed.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston.
Ender's Game.
Erewhon: Or, Over the Range.
The Fat Years.
Gulliver's Travels.
The Handmaid's Tale.
The Hunger Games.
I, Robot.
In the Country of Men.
The Iron Heel.
Looking Backward.
News from Nowhere.
Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Space Merchants, The.
Swastika Night.
Woman on the Edge of Time.
Legislation and Reform.
The Adventures of Oliver Twist, or the Parish Boy’s Progress.
The Annihilation of Caste.
The Chimney Sweeper.
The Cry of the Children.
Declaration of Sentiments.
Poor Laws and Paupers Illustrated.
Uncle Tom's Cabin.
The Weapon Shop.
White Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Myths and Martyrs
The Actes and Deidis of the Ilustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace.
André: A Tragedy in Five Acts.
Cathleen ni Houlihan.
The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Endymion, The Man in the Moon.
The Gold-Crowned Jesus.
Henry V.
Konrad Wallenrod.
Kynge Johan.
Life of Washington.
Nineteen Fourteen.
Paradise Lost.
Paul Revere’s Ride.
The Peach Blossom Fan.
Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance.
Saint Joan.
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi.
The Violence of Love.
The White-Haired Girl.
Predictions and Prescriptions.
Alas, Babylon.
Atlas Shrugged.
Capitalism and Freedom.
The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston.
The Fire Next Time.
The Group.
The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It.
The Japan That Can Say No.
Nuestra América.
Path of Thunder.
The Quiet American.
The State and Revolution.
Suppression and Scapegoating.
Anil's Ghost.
The Arraignment of Lewde, Idle, Froward and Unconstant Women or the Vanity of Them.
The Committee.
The Crucible.
Fahrenheit 451.
First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.
Madmen and Specialists.
Orphan Master's Son.
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Red Cavalry.
Red Crag.
Riders of the Purple Sage.
This Side of Innocence.
The Turner Diaries.
Village Politics.
Woman from Shanghai: Tales of Survival from a Chinese Labor Camp.