Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture

Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture

by Erik Mortenson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809334322
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2016
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Erik Mortenson is an assistant professor in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the author of Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence, which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2011.

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Shadows and Their Place in Postwar America 1

1 A Fascinating Anxiety: The Paradoxes of Life in the Shadow of the Bomb 20

2 What the Shadows Know: The Return of the Crime-Fighting Hero the Shadow in Late-1950s Literature 54

3 Taking Back the Shadows: Alien Ginsberg's and Jack Kerouac's Struggles to Reclaim the American Unconscious 91

4 The Ghost of Humanism: The Disappearing Figure in Postwar Photography 127

5 The Battle of Light and Dark: Chiaroscuro in Late Film Noir 173

6 A Journey into the Shadows: The Twilight Zone's Visual Critique of the Cold War 217

Conclusion: Adumbration, Penumbra, Foreshadowing 241

Notes 251

Bibliography 277

Index 295

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