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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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Two Worlds: Stolen Secrets

Two Worlds: Stolen Secrets

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The Naked Communist

Roland Végső

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the way the “unity” of the world of Cold War anti-Communism was in fact based on a necessary division between the public world of democracy and the underworld of political secrecy. It presents parallel examinations of popular culture and modernism by highlighting the figure of the secret. It discusses the modernist poetics of difficulty in juxtaposition with contemporary spy fiction, in order to argue that the ideological function of modern spy fiction was to legitimize political secrecy.

Keywords:   Secrecy, Conspiracy, Thriller, Spy Fiction, Violence, Religion

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