Neocolonial Fictions of the Global Cold War

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Pub Date 03 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2019
University of Iowa Press, University Of Iowa Press

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Bringing together noted scholars in the fields of literary, cultural, gender, and race studies, this edited volume challenges us to reconsider our understanding of the Cold War, revealing it to be a global phenomenon rather than just a binary conflict between U.S. and Soviet forces. Shining a spotlight on writers from the war’s numerous fronts and applying lenses of race, gender, and decolonization, the essayists present several new angles from which to view the tense global showdown that lasted roughly a half-century. Ultimately, they reframe the Cold War not merely as a divide between the Soviet Union and the United States, but between nations rich and poor, and mostly white and mostly not. By emphasizing the global dimensions of the Cold War, this innovative collection reveals emergent forms of post-WWII empire that continue to shape our world today, thereby raising the question of whether the Cold War has ever fully ended.

Bringing together noted scholars in the fields of literary, cultural, gender, and race studies, this edited volume challenges us to reconsider our understanding of the Cold War, revealing it to be a...


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Neocolonial Fictions distinguishes itself in the field of new Cold War studies by arguing that, at least in terms of culture and literature, the Cold War was not sui generis, but rather was distinguished by relations and dynamics that came into being long before 1946 and have, in many cases, continued to the present. The contributors read Cold War–era literature with an eye to decolonization, the civil rights movement in the U.S., the struggle for women’s liberation, and the metastasis of the bureaucratic state.”—Greg Barnhisel, author, Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy

Neocolonial Fictions is a welcome, worthwhile collection that takes seriously the centrality of world liberation movements in the making of a mid-century U.S. literary canon; as important, the anthology maps the afterlives of such movements and Cold War–engagements vis-à-vis the contemporary ‘War on Terror’ imaginary. Neocolonial Fictions is impressive and capacious.” —Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, author, War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work

Neocolonial Fictions distinguishes itself in the field of new Cold War studies by arguing that, at least in terms of culture and literature, the Cold War was not sui generis, but rather was...


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Excellent review for anyone teaching the Cold War, this is a set of carefully curated essays spanning fiction contemporary to the Cold War (Bridges of Toko-ri, The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit, Raisin in the Sun, Manchurian Candidate, the Forever War) to post-Cold War reflections by Toni Morrison and attempts to grapple with the unipolar moment like Blackhawk Down.

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