9781579581954

American Science Fiction and the Cold War: Literature and Film

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  • ISBN13:

    9781579581954

  • ISBN10:

    1579581951

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/1/1999
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

American Science Fiction--in both literature and film--has played a key role in the portrayal of the fears inherent in the Cold War. The end of this era heralds the need for a reassessment of the literary output of the forty-year period since 1945. Working through a series of key texts,American Science Fiction and the Cold Warinvestigates the political inflections put on American narratives in the post-war decades by Cold War cultural circumstances. Nuclear holocaust, Russian invasion, and the perceived rise of totalitarianism in American society are key elements in the author's exploration of science fiction narratives that includeFahrenheit 451,Invasion of the Body Snatchers, andDr. Strangelove.

Author Biography

David Seed is Reader in the Department of English at the University of Liverpool, England

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Introduction 1(13)
I Postwar Jeremiads: Philip Wylie and Leo Szilard
14(14)
II Variations on a Patriotic Theme: Robert A. Heinlein
28(12)
III History and Apocalypse in Poul Anderson
40(13)
IV Views from the Hearth
53(15)
V Cultures of Surveillance
68(14)
VI Take-Over Bids; Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth
82(12)
VII The Russians Have Come
94(13)
VIII Embodying the Arms Race: Bernard Wolfe's Limbo
107(12)
IX The Cold War Computerised
119(13)
X Conspiracy Narratives
132(13)
XI Absurdist Visions: Dr. Strangelove in Context
145(12)
XII The Signs of War: Walter M. Miller and Russell Hoban
157(11)
XIII In the Aftermath
168(13)
XIV The Star Wars Debate
181(13)
Bibliography 194(18)
Index 212

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