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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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1955, Disneyland: ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ and the Fiction of Cold War Culture

1955, Disneyland: ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ and the Fiction of Cold War Culture

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(p.126) Chapter 10 1955, Disneyland: ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ and the Fiction of Cold War Culture
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Alan Nade

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0011

This chapter examines the similarities between Disneyland and the fiction of Cold War culture. It shows that both the theme park and the television show divided ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ into four ‘lands’, which spatialised and temporalised national identity based on the principles of cinematic representation. The chapter explains how Disneyland became the figurative home of Tom Rath, the protagonist of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. It also takes a look at Disneyland in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Sun and Flannery O'Connor's The Coney Island of the Mind, to name a few.

Keywords:   Disneyland, Cold War culture, national identity, cinematic representation, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, Flannery O' Connor

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