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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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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

Transnational American Studies in the Fog of the Cold War

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The Underside of Politics

Sorin Radu Cucu

Fordham University Press

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.

Keywords:   American novels, Eastern European novels, Cold War discourse, exceptionalism

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