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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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Cold War Sex War, Or the Other Being Inside: Burroughs, Paley, Plath, Hughes

Cold War Sex War, Or the Other Being Inside: Burroughs, Paley, Plath, Hughes

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(p.106) 4 Cold War Sex War, Or the Other Being Inside: Burroughs, Paley, Plath, Hughes
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The Literary Cold War, 1945 to Vietnam
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Adam Piette

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635276.003.0005

This chapter discusses the conflicting views of male and female writers on the Cold War nuclear programme. It looks at the mothers's concern that the nuclear tests were releasing radioactivity into the air. Men, on the other hand, feature a different form of the gendered viral properties of the nuclear paranoia. The chapter takes a detailed look at the works of Grace Paley, William Burroughs, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath that feature nuclear testing and radioactivity. It also provides an alternative view, which is the metaphorical substantiation of the Cold War links between genetic research and nuclear energy.

Keywords:   Cold War, nuclear programme, radioactivity, viral properties, nuclear paranoia, metaphorical substantiation, genetic research, nuclear energy, male writers, female writers

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