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Game Theory and Postwar American Literature

Michael Wainwright
Format
Book
Published
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Language
English
ISBN
9781137590541, 1137590548, 9781137601346, 9781137601339
Summary
"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"--
"This publication provides a detailed yet wide-ranging consideration of game-theoretic social dilemmas in immediate postwar American literature. The discussion introduces the most common social dilemmas, the Stag Hunt, the Prisoner's Dilemma, Chicken, and Deadlock, as a means of interpreting works by Faulkner, McCoy, Kellogg, Bradbury, Capote, and Hansberry." --Provided by the publisher"--
Contents
  • On Preliminary Matters
  • On Game Theory, the Art of Literature, and the Stag Hunt
  • On the Postwar Strategic Background, the Prisoner's Dilemma, and In Cold Blood
  • On Chicken in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  • On Countercultural Chicken in Fahrenheit 451 and A Raisin in the Sun
  • On Coldblooded Chicken in In Cold Blood
  • On Called Bluff in Capote, Deadlock in Twain, and Bully in Faulkner.
Description
xviii, 265 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-249) and index.
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