“RAND Narratology” looks at the unlikely historical and aesthetic overlap between narrative theory and strategic defense thinking in the middle part of the twentieth century. Looking at the many writings and frankly odd intellectual styles of nuclear war planners working at the RAND Corporation, the essay examines the unexpected play between the material facts of intellectual history, the obscure but nonetheless real force of narrative desire, and the unthinkable costs of nuclear war.
Kent Puckett teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Oxford, 2008), Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge, 2016), and War Pictures: Cinema, Style, and Violence in Britain, 1939–1945 (Fordham, 2017). He is writing a book about the aesthetics of electoral modeling.
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Kent Puckett; RAND Narratology. Representations 1 February 2020; 149 (1): 31–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2020.149.1.31
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