American Science Fiction and the Cold War
Literature and Film
By (author) David Seed
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American Science Fiction and the Cold War by David Seed
Book DescriptionAmerican Science Fiction - in both literature and film - has played a key role in the portrayal of the fears inherent in the Cold War. The end of this era heralds the need for a reassessment of the literary output of the forty-year period since 1945. Working through a series of important texts, David Seed investigates the political inflexions put on American narratives in the post-war decades by Cold War cultural circumstances. Nuclear holocaust, Russian invasion, and the perceived rise of totalitarianism in American society are key elements in the author'sexploration of science fiction narratives which include Fahrenheit 451, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dr Strangelove. Written in a lively and engaging style, the author's approach draws on the significant body of Nuclear Criticism and the historicism of Hayden White and others in order to bring out the ideological tensions and urgencies in this fiction. Relating the theory to a range of popular novels, stories and films makes this book accessible to students, academics and general readers alike.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781853312274
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Keele University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 27-May-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Seed
Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (June 2011)
David Seed examines how science fiction has emerged as a popular genre of literature in the 20th century, and discusses it in relation to themes such as science and technology, space, aliens, utopias, and gender. Looking at some of the most influential writers of the genre he also considers the wider social and political issues it raises.
Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction, Hardback (October 2009)
Features a wide-ranging series of essays by American, British, and European specialists in a variety of literary fields Written in an approachable and accessible style Covers both classic literary figures and contemporary novelists Provides extensive suggestions for further reading at the end of each essay.
Companion to Science Fiction, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by David Seed
A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers. It conveys the scale and variety of science fiction and also shows how science fiction novels have been used as a means of debating cultural issues.
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Author Biography - David Seed
David Seed is Professor of American Literature at the University of Liverpool
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