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Fact, fiction, and film
Kevin J. Harty

– which have received generally positive reviews, at least from readers on Amazon – suggest, in their order of publication, Templar involvement in almost every American fabulist tale and conspiracy theory imaginable, including claims for the true location of the Ark of the Covenant and for the lost continent of Atlantis somewhere in North America. 31 Based on this novel and co-written by Brody and Michael Carr, the 2013 film The American Templars examines (according to blurb Carr supplied to IMDb) the possibility that a group of Knights Templar explored New

in From Iceland to the Americas
Shakespeare’s other (smarter) audience
Steve Sohmer

, 1979 ); Clare Asquith, Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare (New York: Public Affairs, 2005 ); Gerald M. Pinciss, Forbidden Matter: Religion in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (Newark: University of Deleware Press, 2000 ), and one less familiar and little but dandy psychological/conspiracy theory

in Shakespeare for the wiser sort
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Northern Irish fiction after the Troubles
Neal Alexander

more sceptical than McNamee’s of the value or legitimacy of paranoia in the contemporary period, even as they recognise the enduring currency of conspiracy theories for popular understandings of the Troubles: ‘Someone had once quipped to Avery that Northern Ireland divided into two camps, those who believed conspiracy theories and those who thought they were being put around to make us all paranoid.’38 The humorous deflation involved here accords with Avery’s matter-of-fact conviction regarding moral certainties – his favourite biblical quotation is from Romans 14

in Irish literature since 1990
Kipling and the Jews
Bryan Cheyette

conspiracy theories were freely deployed by Kipling and intensified after the First World War. They were associated, as we will see, with the perceived loss of Empire (beginning with the failure of the Jameson Raid) which was related to the inability of ‘the Jews’ to act like ‘white men’. In South Africa, at the turn of the century, Jews were deemed to have helped maintain the Empire, not unlike the idealised ‘Man of the Future’ who Kipling in 1899 hoped would shape the United States: Wait till the Anglo-American-German-Jew – the Man of the Future – is properly equipped

in In Time’s eye
Verena Höfig

, capitalism, and communism as forces that led to the degeneration of a former ‘Aryan’ high culture. 45 She was furthermore a firm believer in an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, according to which American society was secretly controlled by a large Jewish network, which suppressed any political movement that could spread racial consciousness among white people. 46 Else Christensen began her political career in Denmark, first as an anarchist, then as a member of the national-Bolshevist wing of the Nazi movement. She left Europe after the Second World War, and first

in From Iceland to the Americas
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Encountering the monstrous in American cinema
Susan J. Tyburski

an increasing menace that surrounds the human inhabitants of our planet. Like the white Arctic canvas against which the characters project their anxieties and fears in The Last Winter , the wind, as well as the rustling greenery, become the raw materials from which the characters in The Happening – as well as the audience – create eco-conspiracy theories. The film opens in New York City

in Ecogothic
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

adaptation, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), directed by F. W. Murnau. As a seminal and much-loved film, it is not surprising to find anti-Semitic interpretations being brushed aside. Its release fed into a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany stoked by conspiracy theory and Artur Dinter’s best-selling novel, The Sin against the Blood (1918). In the 1920s, anti-Jewish discourses, exacerbated

in Dangerous bodies
The collapse of reason and sanity in Alan Moore’s From Hell
Monica Germanà

narrative situated within a later chronological period: both the Prologue and the Epilogue are set in September 1923, 35 years after the events that unravelled in Whitechapel. In the first section, we learn that the visions that would have supported the Royal conspiracy theory and William Gull’s charge of the Whitechapel murders were an invention of the self-proclaimed psychic Robert

in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition
American gothic to globalgothic
James Campbell

citizens, as they indulge in telling conspiracy theories. Flag-waving patriotism and nationalist myth have been superseded by paranoiac counter-myths, expressing a loss of faith in government, society and, on a larger scale, humanity. Norton believes he lost the boundary dispute because he was ‘an out-of-towner’ (11). Telling David ‘it’s your town’, he expresses envy and resentment

in Globalgothic
Matthew Scribner

: first by nomad hordes who crossed the Bering Strait over 10,000 years ago; then by merchants from South-East Asia between AD 300 and 1200, thirdly by Vikings, starting out from Iceland and Greenland, who founded a colony in Vinland, and finally by Columbus. 29 Were it not for the growing audience of Honoré’s more recent successors in the area of pseudo-history, it would be tempting to dismiss claims like these and relegate them to the realm of conspiracy theories. One reason for the popularity of Honoré’s views may be that, by elevating the Norse as the real

in From Iceland to the Americas