In this interview, conducted on September 15, 2016, literary critic Donald E. Pease assesses the legacy of the New Americanist program he helped set in motion in the early 1990s. He also reflects upon current trends in the field of American literary studies, considers the questions and methods that have enlivened him across a distinguished career, and brings up-to-date the narrative of US state fantasy he has developed across several presidencies. He evaluates the imaginative strategies President Donald Trump (at the time of the interview, a candidate) perfected during his campaign and explores how Trump thereby captured elite, corporate, and white supremacist attention.

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