Containment Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age

Containment Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age

by Alan Nadel, Nadel
     
 

In this book Alan Nadel conducts a cultural critique of postwar literature, film, and popular culture in order to show how the national culture during the cold war worked to contain subversive energies. With its power lying not in abstract formulation, but in the incisive reading of wide array of works, this book will significantly advance our evolving understanding… See more details below

Overview

In this book Alan Nadel conducts a cultural critique of postwar literature, film, and popular culture in order to show how the national culture during the cold war worked to contain subversive energies. With its power lying not in abstract formulation, but in the incisive reading of wide array of works, this book will significantly advance our evolving understanding of cold war and post-cold war U.S. culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822316992
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
New Americanists Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Appearance, Containment, and Atomic Power13
2History, Science, and Hiroshima38
3Rhetoric, Sanity, and the Cold War: The Significance of Holden Caulfield's Testimony71
4God's Law and the Wide Screen: The Ten Commandments as Cold War "Epic"90
5Lady and (or) the Tramp: Sexual Containment and the Domestic Playboy117
6The Invasion of Postmodernism: The Catch-22 of the Bay of Pigs and Liberty Valance157
7The Rules for Free Speech: Speech Act Theory and the Free Speech Movement204
8My Country Too: Time, Place, and African American Identity in the Work of John A. Williams223
9Race, Rights, Gender, and Personal Narrative: The Archaeology of "Self" in Meridian245
10Failed Cultural Narratives: America in the Postwar Era and the Story of Democracy275
Conclusion297
Notes301
Bibliography315
Index327

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