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American literature and culture in an age of Cold War; a critical reassessment.

9781609381134

American literature and culture in an age of Cold War; a critical reassessment.

Ed. by Steven Belletto and Daniel Grausam.

Univ. of Iowa Press

2012

240 pages

$49.95

PS228

Belletto (English/American studies, Lafayette College) and Grausam (On Endings: American Postmodern Fiction and the Cold War) contend that the timing is right for cultural critics' re-reading of Cold War cultural themes such as political repression, post-modernism and post-colonialism. The theme of making order out of chaos is read in novels by John Updike, Joan Didion, and Norman Mailer. Ecological consciousness is examined in Frank Herbert's Dune fantasy trilogy. The final essay in the anthology, "The Empire Strikes Out: Star Wars (IV, V, and VI) and the Advent of Reaganism," sees parallels between Reagan's Western and Star Wars' galactic mentality.

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