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.
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