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The Resource Under the shadow : the atomic bomb and Cold War narratives, David Seed

Under the shadow : the atomic bomb and Cold War narratives, David Seed

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Under the shadow : the atomic bomb and Cold War narratives
Title
Under the shadow
Title remainder
the atomic bomb and Cold War narratives
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David Seed
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Language
eng
Summary
In Pat Frank's 1959 novel 'Alas, Babylon', the character Helen says of her children; "All their lives, ever since they've known anything, they've lived under the shadow of war - atomic war. For the abnormal has become normal." The threat of nuclear annihilation was a constant source of dread during the Cold War, and in 'Under the shadow', David Seed examines how authors and fimmakers made repeated efforts in their work to imagine the unimaginable. Seed discusses classics of the period like Nevile Shute's 'On the beach', but he also argues for recognition of less-known works such as Walter M. Miller's depiction of historical cycles in 'A canticle for Leibowitz," Bernard Wolfe's black comedy of aggression in 'Limbo,' or Mordecai Roshwald's satirical depiction of technology running out of human control in 'Level 7.' Seed relates these literary works to their historical contexts and to their adaptations in film. Two prime examples of this interaction between media are the motion pictures 'Fail safe' and Dr. Strangelove,' which dramatize the threat posed by the arms race to rationality and ultimately human survival. Seed addresses the attempts made by characters to remap America as a central part of their efforts to understand the horrors of the war. A particular subset of future histories is also examined: accounts of a Third World War, which draw on the conventions of military history and reportage to predict probable war scenarios. 'Under the shadow' concludes with a discussion of the recent fiction of nuclear terrorism. -- Publisher's description
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Seed, David
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.C57
LC item number
S44 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Seed, David
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  • American fiction
  • Cold War in literature
  • Atomic bomb in literature
  • Cold War in motion pictures
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Under the shadow : the atomic bomb and Cold War narratives, David Seed
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 272-286) and index
Contents
The atom -- from H. G. Wells to Leo Szilard -- The dawn of the atomic age -- the bomb and Hiroshima -- The debate over nuclear refuge -- Do-it-yourself survival -- Philip Wylie on the state of the nation -- Cultural cycles in Walter M. Miller's A canticle for Leibowitz -- The pathology of warfare in Bernard Wolfe's Limbo -- Push-button holocaust in Mordecai Roshwald's Level 7 -- Whales, submarines, and the Bedford incident -- Nuclear safety procedures in Fail-safe -- Uncovering the death wish in Dr. Strangelove -- Mapping the postnuclear landscape -- Future reportage on World War III -- Beyond the Cold War
Control code
776813691
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
299 p.
Isbn
9781606351468
Lccn
2012039121
Other physical details
ill.
Ownership
Books reflecting the period of the Cold War (1947-1991) between the USSR and the US, and their allies. Donated by Professor David Seed.
Label
Under the shadow : the atomic bomb and Cold War narratives, David Seed
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 272-286) and index
Contents
The atom -- from H. G. Wells to Leo Szilard -- The dawn of the atomic age -- the bomb and Hiroshima -- The debate over nuclear refuge -- Do-it-yourself survival -- Philip Wylie on the state of the nation -- Cultural cycles in Walter M. Miller's A canticle for Leibowitz -- The pathology of warfare in Bernard Wolfe's Limbo -- Push-button holocaust in Mordecai Roshwald's Level 7 -- Whales, submarines, and the Bedford incident -- Nuclear safety procedures in Fail-safe -- Uncovering the death wish in Dr. Strangelove -- Mapping the postnuclear landscape -- Future reportage on World War III -- Beyond the Cold War
Control code
776813691
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
299 p.
Isbn
9781606351468
Lccn
2012039121
Other physical details
ill.
Ownership
Books reflecting the period of the Cold War (1947-1991) between the USSR and the US, and their allies. Donated by Professor David Seed.

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