The collection of essays offers a unique study of the ways in which writers addressed the military conflicts, revolutions, propaganda wars and ideological debates of the Cold War. While including essays on Western European and North American literatures, the volume views First World writing not as central to the period, but as part of an international discussion of Cold War realities in which the most interesting contributions often came from marginal or subordinate cultures. To this end, there is an emphasis on the literatures of the Second and Third Worlds, including essays on Latin American poetry, Soviet travel writing, Chinese autobiography, African theatre, Eastern European fiction and Middle Eastern fiction and poetry. The volume's analysis of the political and cultural forces that shaped the modern world is particularly evident in its study of the Cold War 'hot spots' - Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea - that have also defined the contemporary 'war on terror'. The collection is a companion volume to the editor's earlier Cold War Literature: Writing the Global Conflict (Routledge, 2006).
|Place of Publication
|London and New York
|Number of pages
|Published - 21 Dec 2011
|Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature