Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War [NOOK Book]

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Combining literary, cultural, and political history, and based on extensive archival research, including previously unseen FBI and CIA documents, Archives of Authority argues that cultural politics--specifically America's often covert patronage of the arts--played a highly important role in the transfer of imperial authority from Britain to the United States during a critical period after World War II. Andrew Rubin argues that this transfer reshaped the postwar literary space and he shows how, during this time, ...

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Overview

Combining literary, cultural, and political history, and based on extensive archival research, including previously unseen FBI and CIA documents, Archives of Authority argues that cultural politics--specifically America's often covert patronage of the arts--played a highly important role in the transfer of imperial authority from Britain to the United States during a critical period after World War II. Andrew Rubin argues that this transfer reshaped the postwar literary space and he shows how, during this time, new and efficient modes of cultural transmission, replication, and travel--such as radio and rapidly and globally circulated journals--completely transformed the position occupied by the postwar writer and the role of world literature.

Rubin demonstrates that the nearly instantaneous translation of texts by George Orwell, Thomas Mann, W. H. Auden, Richard Wright, Mary McCarthy, and Albert Camus, among others, into interrelated journals that were sponsored by organizations such as the CIA's Congress for Cultural Freedom and circulated around the world effectively reshaped writers, critics, and intellectuals into easily recognizable, transnational figures. Their work formed a new canon of world literature that was celebrated in the United States and supposedly represented the best of contemporary thought, while less politically attractive authors were ignored or even demonized. This championing and demonizing of writers occurred in the name of anti-Communism--the new, transatlantic "civilizing mission" through which postwar cultural and literary authority emerged.

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Winner of a 2013 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Nonfiction, Lannan Foundation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400842179
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Series: Translation/Transnation
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 570 KB

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Andrew N. Rubin is assistant professor of English at Georgetown University. He is the coeditor of "Adorno: A Critical Reader" and "The Edward Said Reader."
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1

Chapter 1
Archives of Authority 11
The Archive and the Juridical 12
States of Exception 13
States of Criticism 17

Chapter 2
Orwell and the Globalization of Literature 24
Communist Crypts 28
The "Communist Menace" 34
The Translation of Authority 37
Translation and Modes of Domination 44

Chapter 3
Transnational Literary Spaces at War 47
The Sun Never Sets on the British Writer 47
The Time of Translation 58
London Calling 60
Literary Diplomacy 65

Chapter 4
Archives of Critical Theory 74
Accommodations 80

Chapter 5
Humanism, Territory, and Techniques of Trouble 87
Terrain of Philology 90

Notes 109
Bibliography 141
Index 167

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