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The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam$
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Adam Piette

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635276

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635276.001.0001

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The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam

Adam Piette

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the Cold War and its nostalgia, which can take on a variety of strange and twisted forms. It notes that literary studies have been sometimes indifferent to the relevance of the Cold War in shaping cultures in the postwar period. However, it shows some significant contributions to the field of the literary Cold War. The discussion takes a look at nuclear criticism during the 1980s, as well as its effects on subsequent Cold War criticism. The chapter determines that the Cold War soon became a regular feature of readings of late twentieth-century American fiction.

Keywords:   Cold War, nostalgia, postwar, cultures, literary studies, nuclear criticism, Cold War criticism, American fiction

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