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Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature$
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Sarah Daw

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474430029

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474430029.001.0001

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Conclusion: ‘Know that the earth will madonna the Bomb’

Conclusion: ‘Know that the earth will madonna the Bomb’

(p.205) Conclusion: ‘Know that the earth will madonna the Bomb’
Writing Nature in Cold War American Literature

Sarah Daw

Edinburgh University Press

The book’s concluding chapter begins with an ecocritical reading Gregory Corso’s 1958 poem ‘Bomb’. The conclusion then reflects on the book’s contributions to the fields of Cold War literary criticism and ecocriticism. As part of the book’s re-evaluation of the significance of the Cold War period to contemporary ecocritical debate, this chapter also develops the book’s argument that Rachel Carson’s seminal work Silent Spring (1962) should be viewed as one of a growing number of American texts written after 1945 that present an interdependent, ecological vision of the human’s relationship to its environment.

Keywords:   Gregory Corso, Bomb, Cold War, Ecocriticism, Silent Spring

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