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The Naked CommunistCold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture$
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Roland Végső

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245567

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245567.001.0001

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Anti-Communist Aesthetic Ideology

Anti-Communist Aesthetic Ideology

(p.82) 4 Anti-Communist Aesthetic Ideology
The Naked Communist

Roland Végső

Fordham University Press

The chapter argues that it is more than just a coincidence that the ascendancy of Cold War anti-Communism and its theory of political representation coincide with the institutionalization of modernist aesthetics, since the latter theorized literature as the probing of the limits of representation. This modernism, however, is based on the exclusion of “popular literature” as mere propaganda from the field of high art. Therefore, the chapter claims that according to the basic coordinates of anti-Communist aesthetic ideology, anti-Communist popular fiction occupies a paradoxical position: while this ideology claims that art as such is anti-Communistic, it reduces anti-Communist art to a contradiction in terms by excluding it from the field of pure of art.

Keywords:   Art, Propaganda, Modernism, the Novel, Popular Fiction, the Sublime, the Simulacrum

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