Citizens United, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) -- Criticism and interpretation, Gary Shteyngart (1972- ). Super Sad True Love Story -- Criticism and interpretation, Totalitarianism in literature


In this paper I will explore the results of the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United vs The Federal Election Commission as reflected in the contemporary literature. I will look at the role the corporation plays in American politics post Citizens United. My primary texts is the novel Super Sad True Love Story. My research question is: did the Citizens United decision open the door for ‘inverted totalitarianism’ to seep through the cracks of American society Using the allegorical novel Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, I will show how Citizens United, the political theory of Hannah Arendt, and the novel parallel and reflect the reality of our culture; where the weight of corporate oppression squashes the individual leaving that person simultaneously exposed and in complete loneliness.



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