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Poisoned Cornucopia

Excess, Intemperance and Overabundance across Cultures and Literatures


Ryszard Wolny and Stankomir Nicieja

This volume explores the notions of excess, intemperance and overabundance in cultures and literatures of both the English- and Chinese-speaking worlds. It concentrates on some aspects of literary and cultural meanings of excess(es) in various theories and practices of these antipodean territories of human experience and consciousnesses, bringing together what is common between them and what sets the West apart from the East: eroticism, drug abuse, alcoholism, urban concepts, music, food, etc. In times of a serious crisis of Western-style capitalism, growing consumerism and the collapse of traditional values, the eyes of the world are now turned to the East, seeking solutions in China, Taiwan, Singapore or Hong Kong for what may come as Eastern-style neopostmodernism.
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The Excess of Tolerance: American White Nationalist Fiction and the Backlash against Political Correctness


← 204 | 205 → John Eric StarnesSchool of Higher Vocational Education in Racibórz

Is it possible to have an excess of multiculturalism and political correctness (hereafter called PC)? While it appears that traditional, white, conservative American culture has died, the backlash against PC and multiculturalism continues. The social convulsions of the mid-late 1960s, along with over forty years of social engineering, starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s desegregation of schools in 1954, and “left-wing” propaganda have destroyed much of the traditional way of life, morality and institutions of Cold War America – a time that is now looked upon with nostalgia by many conservative, traditionally-minded white Americans. Unfortunately, or fortunately viewed from a progressive viewpoint, political correctness reigns supreme, not only in the academe but also, it appears, in American society. This paper will examine two of the most vociferous fictional critiques of PC-dominated America and the leftist, social engineering agenda that inspired this quasi-Maoist philosophy of thought control, Kevin Beary’s The Savaged States of America (1998) and Ward Kendall’s Hold Back This Day (2001).

These novels attack some of the most critical foundations of the PC attitude – the belief that the races are equal (meaning that no race and/or culture is superior to any other) and the belief that the sexes are equal (meaning that there are no or very minor physical differences between the sexes and that women can do the same things that men can do and even do it better in most cases). Finally,...

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