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Palgrave Macmillan

British Fiction and the Cold War

ISBN 9781137274847
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

British Fiction and the Cold War offers a unique analysis of the wide-ranging responses of British novelists to the international events and controversies of the East-West conflict between 1945 and 1989. Making reference to over 150 novelists and 800 works of fiction, this book analyses the treatment of such domestic and geopolitical currents as Soviet internationalism, nuclearism, clandestinity, decolonisation, US superpowerdom and the decline of the British socialist movement, and explores the literary forms which writers developed to capture the complexities of the age. In doing so, British Fiction and the Cold War presents a ground-breaking contribution to scholarship on modern/contemporary British fiction, challenging accusations of provincialism levelled at authors of the period and opening up numerous avenues for new research and debate.

Andrew Hammond is Senior Lecturer of English Literature at the University of Brighton, UK. His research interests are Cold War fiction, postcolonial writing and cross-cultural discourse. Previous publications include Global Cold War Literature: Western, Eastern and Postcolonial Perspectives (editor, 2012) and British Literature and the Balkans: Themes and Contexts (2010).

1. Literary Containment
2. The Nuclear Debate
3. An Age of Espionage
4. From Socialism to Postmodernism
5. The End of Empire
6. The American Age


"British Fiction and the Cold War is a real map of the territory, suggesting lines of enquiry as well as, with specific cases, doing sterling work contextualizing and analyzing the text to demonstrate the Cold War focus as workable hermeneutically. The Cold War frame picks out the ideology underpinning the withdrawal from empire, and the revolutionary rhetoric and right wing propaganda structuring the conflict between militant and conservative forces in the UK. An excellent book, much needed." - Adam Piette, University of Sheffield, UK
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