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Tuesday, April 24 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Fantasies Of The Psyche: The Schizophrenic Reality Of Dr. Thompson And The 1972 Presidential Campaign

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Humanitarian instinct and caustic vitriol—armed language in an armed world—war abroad and delusions of peace at home. In 1971 the political entities for Hunter S. Thompson expressed the cosmic duality in the individual, the national character, and of the conscience of voters. His coverage of the 1972 Presidential Election Campaign was the least professional and most accurate portrayal of that particular political vortex. Examining the transformations of society into beasts Thompson looks at individual behavior with a primordial imagination. His irrepressible confrontations with fear illuminate insights about governing powers, and for the masses who imbibe them. As the central character in his own story Thompson relates with excessive fantasy and detail American culture in the infancy of the 1970’s. Both Democratic and Republican nominees are vying for peace, but what shadows lie between that idea and the reality? For whom does the bell toll? Thompson’s irrepressible satire explores vice and virtue by projecting the jester, clown, and trickster persona into his non-fictive narrative. The self-stigmatized patriot writes to shock, and readers recognize the fallacies in Washington and media outlets through Thompson’s inveterate and empathic sense for experience. Always writing from the place of instinct Thompson naturally weaves primitive thought and contemporaneity into episodic adventures spanning the course of the Democratic primaries. My treatment of Thompson’s story explores his literary form through a comparative approach, and as a way to structure the vastly strange details of his writing mind. Psychotic and grotesque, mirroring the carnival of American life, but always driven by an insatiable concern for polity Thompson delivers a seminal work on life, liberty, and the savage pursuit of happiness.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 9:40am - 10:00am
232 Karpen Hall