Transnational American Studies in the Fog of the Cold War
This chapter summarizes the preceding chapters and presents some final thoughts. This book staged “imagined dialogues” between American and Eastern European novels rather than simply comparing them from a thematic and poetic standpoint. This dialogic model opens the path to study the transnational narratives that make up the global discourse of the Cold War and to evaluate the hegemonic role of US rhetoric of national exceptionalism. The previous chapters have shown that by dismantling the Cold War as the fantasy of global geopolitical order, interpretive literary fictions capture the legitimacy crisis of the modernity projects that both the United States and the USSR claim to embody.
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