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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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The Vicissitudes of Popular Sovereignty

The Vicissitudes of Popular Sovereignty

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(p.74) 2 The Vicissitudes of Popular Sovereignty
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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/9780823254347.003.0004

This chapter first analyzes Milan Kundera's novel The Joke (1967). It argues that the novel constructs a narrative economy that establishes complex links between the erotic and the political in the context of Cold War discourse. The discussion then turns to Philip Roth's novel I Married a Communist, one of the most eloquent examples in American contemporary fiction of what Kundera called the “privatization” of the political. It is argued that I Married a Communist is not only a Cold War text, but is also a novel about the legitimacy of pragmatic selfishness in American culture.

Keywords:   Milan Kundera, The Joke, Cold War discourse, Philip Roth, I Married a Communist, privatization, American culture

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