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By Donald E. Pease, Alan Nadel

Author note: Donald E. Pease (Series Editor)
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Alan Nadel offers a different research of the increase of yankee postmodernism through viewing it as a breakdown in chilly conflict cultural narratives of containment. those narratives, which embodied an American postwar international coverage charged with checking the unfold of Communism, additionally operated, Nadel argues, inside a large spectrum of cultural lifestyles within the usa to comprise atomic secrets and techniques, sexual license, gender roles, nuclear power, and creative expression. simply because those narratives have been deployed in motion pictures, books, and magazines at a time while American tradition was once for the 1st time capable of dominate worldwide leisure and capitalize on international construction, containment grew to become the most greatly disseminated and hugely privileged nationwide narratives in history.

Examining a extensive sweep of yank tradition, from the paintings of George Kennan to Playboy journal, from the films of Doris Day and Walt Disney to these of Cecil B. DeMille and Alfred Hitchcock, from James Bond to Holden Caulfield, Nadel discloses the extraordinary pervasiveness of the containment narrative. Drawing subtly on insights supplied by way of modern theorists, together with Baudrillard, Foucault, Jameson, Sedgwick, Certeau, and Hayden White, he situates the rhetoric of the chilly warfare inside a gendered narrative powered by way of the unstated efficiency of the atom. He then lines the breakdown of this discourse of containment via such occasions because the Bay of Pigs invasion and the loose Speech circulate at Berkeley, and ties its cave in to the onset of yank postmodernism, typified via works similar to Catch–22 and the fellow Who Shot Liberty Valence.

An very important paintings of cultural feedback, Containment tradition hyperlinks atomic strength with postmodernism and postwar politics, and indicates how a multifarious nationwide coverage can develop into a part of a nation’s cultural time table and a resource of which means for its citizenry.

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Containment Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age

Writer notice: Donald E. Pease (Series Editor)
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Alan Nadel offers a distinct research of the increase of yankee postmodernism by means of viewing it as a breakdown in chilly warfare cultural narratives of containment. those narratives, which embodied an American postwar international coverage charged with checking the unfold of Communism, additionally operated, Nadel argues, inside of a large spectrum of cultural existence within the usa to comprise atomic secrets and techniques, sexual license, gender roles, nuclear strength, and creative expression. simply because those narratives have been deployed in motion pictures, books, and magazines at a time whilst American tradition used to be for the 1st time capable of dominate worldwide leisure and capitalize on worldwide creation, containment grew to become the most generally disseminated and hugely privileged nationwide narratives in history.

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Many] of us have been unable to discern in the future a proper heritage for Americans-a thing of sufficient challenge and possibility to give us endless incentive and the dignity that belongs to a race which pays its respects alike to Thomas Jefferson and Paul Bunyan" (80; emphasis added). Now "we" refers specifically to the "race" that dropped the bomb and won the war. "For this opportunity," Wylie points out, "the Appearance, Containment, Atomic Power 21 globe is everywhere marked with the white crosses of our young dead" (80).

The "dangerous" distributes in a necessarily unbalanced economy. As Michael McCanles points out about the concept of nuclear deterrence, there is "a theoretical gap between each side's accusation that the other is destroying deterrence equilibrium, and the tacit recognition on both sides that only by such destabilization can deterrence be maintained" (18). In the nuclear, as in the sexual, closet, unaligned dualities abound. As Chaloupka points out: "Opponents argue for controls ... but also use these controls as arguments against nukes.

As the Orient, they are the West's Other, potentially a part of the Oriental harem. " If not contained, Russia, approximating the Orient, may seduce not with its preserved virtue but with its exposed vice. As with nuclear power, the problem of differentiating the evil nature from the good, the dangerous activity from the nondangerous, is complicated by the possibility that they may look equally attractive, that, as in Rear Window, surveillance may prove inadequate. The question, after all, is not appearance but motive.

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