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Game Theory and Postwar American Literature

Authors: Wainwright, Michael

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If game theory, the mathematical simulation of rational decision-making first axiomatically established by the Hungarian-born American mathematician John von Neumann, is to prove worthy of literary hermeneutics, then critics must be able to apply its models to texts written without a working knowledge of von Neumann's discipline in mind. Reading such iconic novels as Fahrenheit 451, In Cold Blood, and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye from the perspective of the four most frequently encountered coordination problems - the Stag Hunt, the Prisoner's Dilemma, Chicken, and Deadlock, Game Theory and Postwar American Literature illustrates the significant contribution of mathematical models to literary interpretation. The interdisciplinary approach of this book contributes to an understanding of the historical, political, and social contexts that surround the texts produced in the post-Cold War years, as well as providing a comprehensive model of joining game theory and literary criticism.

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Michael Wainwright is Associate Lecturer of English and Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

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"Michael Wainwright's impressive and ambitious study offers a persuasive re-reading of the political and cultural fabric of the early Cold War years in the United States. In bringing a new and sophisticated understanding of game theory to literary studies, this book is a timely refocusing of critical attention upon the patterns of rational decision-making in fictional representations of personal and societal conflict." - Brian Baker, Senior Lecturer in English, Lancaster University, UK, and author of Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television
"Michael Wainwright's impressive and ambitious study offers a persuasive re-reading of the political and cultural fabric of the early Cold War years in the United States. In bringing a new and sophisticated understanding of game theory to literary studies, this book is a timely refocusing of critical attention upon the patterns of rational decision-making in fictional representations of personal and societal conflict." - Brian Baker, Senior Lecturer in English, Lancaster University, UK, and author of Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Game Theory and Postwar American Literature
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60133-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-60133-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59054-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-88811-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 265
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