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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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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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1970, Planet Earth: The Imagination of the Global

1970, Planet Earth: The Imagination of the Global

(p.201) Chapter 16 1970, Planet Earth: The Imagination of the Global
The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Ursula K. Heis

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter shows how viewing the globe as a unitary system can affect literature, starting with a section on the image of the ‘Blue Planet’. The next section studies the tension between the awareness of the planetary whole and the sharpened perception of differences, which mark the imagination of the global in culture and literature. The chapter emphasises the mark left on literature by the dangers of atomic war and addresses the question of who holds power in the global order and how it is used, ending with a section on the increase of the number of literary translations all over the world.

Keywords:   globe, unitary system, Blue Planet, atomic war, global order, literary translations, imagination of global

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