By Alan Nadel
Examining a extensive sweep of yank tradition, from the paintings of George Kennan to Playboy Magazine, 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 notable pervasiveness of the containment narrative. Drawing subtly on insights supplied by means of modern theorists, together with Baudrillard, Foucault, Jameson, Sedgwick, Certeau, and Hayden White, he situates the rhetoric of the chilly warfare inside of 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 unfastened Speech stream at Berkeley, and ties its cave in to the onset of yank postmodernism, typified through works reminiscent of Catch–22 and The guy Who Shot Liberty Valence.
An vital paintings of cultural feedback, Containment tradition links atomic strength with postmodernism and postwar politics, and exhibits how a multifarious nationwide coverage can turn into a part of a nation’s cultural schedule and a resource of that means for its citizenry.
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Containment Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age (New Americanists) by Alan Nadel