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Monsters, mushroom clouds, and the Cold War [electronic resource] : American science fiction and the roots of postmodernism, 1946-1964 / M. Keith Booker.

By: Booker, M. Keith.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy: no. 95.Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2001Description: 1 online resource (196 p.).ISBN: 9780313073625 (electronic bk.); 0313073627 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Science fiction, American -- History and criticism | American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Postmodernism (Literature) -- United States | End of the world in literature | Atomic bomb in literature | Cold War in literature | Monsters in literature | Aliens in literature | Science-fiction am�ericaine -- Histoire et critique | Roman am�ericain -- 20e si�ecle -- Histoire et critique | Postmodernisme (Litt�erature) -- �Etats-Unis | Fin du monde dans la litt�erature | Bombe atomique dans la litt�erature | Guerre froide dans la litt�erature | Monstres dans la litt�erature | �Etrangers dans la litt�erature | LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General | Science fiction | Amerikaans | PostmodernismeGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Monsters, mushroom clouds, and the Cold War.DDC classification: 813/.0876209054 Other classification: 18.06 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Politics in the American science fiction novel, 1946-1964 : science fiction as social criticism -- The beginning or the end? : post-holocaust novels and films, 1946-1964 -- We're there and they're here! : space exploration and alien invasion films of the long 1950s -- The creature from the Cold War : science fiction monster movies of the long 1950s.
Summary: The 1950s are widely regarded as the golden age of American science fiction. This book surveys a wide range of major science fiction novels and films from the long 1950s--the period from 1946 to 1964--when the tensions of the Cold War were at their peak. The American science fiction novels and films of this period clearly reflect Cold War anxieties and tensions through their focus on such themes as alien invasion and nuclear holocaust. In this sense, they resemble the observations of social and cultural critics during the same period.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-190) and index.

Politics in the American science fiction novel, 1946-1964 : science fiction as social criticism -- The beginning or the end? : post-holocaust novels and films, 1946-1964 -- We're there and they're here! : space exploration and alien invasion films of the long 1950s -- The creature from the Cold War : science fiction monster movies of the long 1950s.

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The 1950s are widely regarded as the golden age of American science fiction. This book surveys a wide range of major science fiction novels and films from the long 1950s--the period from 1946 to 1964--when the tensions of the Cold War were at their peak. The American science fiction novels and films of this period clearly reflect Cold War anxieties and tensions through their focus on such themes as alien invasion and nuclear holocaust. In this sense, they resemble the observations of social and cultural critics during the same period.

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