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The Underside of PoliticsGlobal Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War$
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Sorin Radu Cucu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254347

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254347.001.0001

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Introduction. Writing the Cold War

Introduction. Writing the Cold War

Literature, Democracy and the Global Polis

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(p.11) Introduction. Writing the Cold War
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The Underside of Politics
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Sorin Radu Cucu

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254347.003.0002

This introductory chapter begins by exploring the reasons for considering the Cold War as ripe rhetorical terrain for analyzing the art of philosophical and literary writing that engaged the political dimension of contemporary societies. It asks: What makes communities political today and how arduous is their path towards democratic freedom? It then turns to the means by which literature enters a dialogue with the political. This is followed by a discussion of the main themes covered in the book, which include how Kafka's politico-theoretical legacy is preserved, defended, and altered by American and Eastern European writers in the second half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   political dimension, democratic freedom, Kafka, American writers, Eastern European writers

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