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

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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.
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“For those confused by the giddy climate of recent Cold War revisionism, Nadel is a sure-footed guide to the cultural politics of the period. In pursuit of its solid claims, Containment Culture makes satisfying connections between far flung domains of American expression.”—Andrew Ross

"In Containment Culture 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 readings of a wide array of works, this book will significantly advance our evolving understanding of cold war and post-cold war U. S. culture."—Pat O’Donnell, Purdue University

"We are just beginning to grasp the extent to which U. S. culture of the past fifty years has been dominated and guided by Cold War paradigms. Containment Culture will add significantly to that growing body of scholarship."— Barbara Foley, Rutgers University

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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)

Meet the Author

Alan Nadel is Professor of Literature at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Appearance, Containment, and Atomic Power 13
2 History, Science, and Hiroshima 38
3 Rhetoric, Sanity, and the Cold War: The Significance of Holden Caulfield's Testimony 71
4 God's Law and the Wide Screen: The Ten Commandments as Cold War "Epic" 90
5 Lady and (or) the Tramp: Sexual Containment and the Domestic Playboy 117
6 The Invasion of Postmodernism: The Catch-22 of the Bay of Pigs and Liberty Valance 157
7 The Rules for Free Speech: Speech Act Theory and the Free Speech Movement 204
8 My Country Too: Time, Place, and African American Identity in the Work of John A. Williams 223
9 Race, Rights, Gender, and Personal Narrative: The Archaeology of "Self" in Meridian 245
10 Failed Cultural Narratives: America in the Postwar Era and the Story of Democracy 275
Conclusion 297
Notes 301
Bibliography 315
Index 327
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