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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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One World: Nuclear Holocausts

One World: Nuclear Holocausts

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(p.110) (p.111) 5 One World: Nuclear Holocausts
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The Naked Communist
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Roland Végső

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245567.003.0006

Chapter five explores the concept of the “world” that underlies Anti-Communist aesthetic ideology by concentrating on the figure of catastrophe. It argues that the Cold War imagination was driven by the newly discovered “unity” of the world due to the threat of global catastrophe. It examines the historical ties between modernism and the rise of atomic holocaust fiction, and argues that catastrophe functions in both as a fundamental aesthetic and a political figure for the unrepresentable.

Keywords:   Atomic Holocaust Fiction, Modernism, Atomic Bomb, Catastrophe, Narrative Voice, Documentary

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