Late Cold War Literature and Culture

The Nuclear 1980s

Authors: Cordle, Daniel

  • Theorises the 1980s as a nuclear decade, and shows how profoundly it was shaped by fear of (particularly) nuclear war
  • Demonstrates the ways in which nuclear issues were connected to broader social and political debates of the 1980s
  • Discusses classic authors of the 1980s but also engages with a wide range of popular genres, such as post-apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, children’s and young adult literature, thrillers, and horror 
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This book analyses the 1980s as a nuclear decade, focusing on British and United States fiction. Ranging across genres including literary fiction, science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, graphic novels, children’s and young adult literature, thrillers and horror, it shows how pressing nuclear issues were, particularly the possibility of nuclear war, and how deeply they penetrated the culture. It is innovative for its discussion of a “nuclear transatlantic,” placing British and American texts in dialogue with one another, for its identification of a vibrant young adult fiction that resonates with more conventionally studied literatures of the period and for its analysis of a “politics of vulnerability” animating nuclear debates. Placing nuclear literature in social and historical contexts, it shows how novels and short stories responded not only to nuclear fears, but also crystallised contemporary debates about issues of gender, the environment, society and the economy.

About the authors

Daniel Cordle is Reader in English and American Literature at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has worked extensively on literature and science, and on the literary and cultural representations of nuclear technology. He is the author of numerous articles on these topics and of two monographs: Postmodern Postures: Literature, Science and the Two Cultures Debate (1999) and States of Suspense: The Nuclear Age, Postmodernism and United States Fiction and Prose (2008). At Nottingham Trent he teaches a specialist module in nuclear literature, as well as working across the curriculum in British and American literature, with an emphasis on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Reviews

“Daniel Cordle’s Late Cold War Literature and Culture: The Nuclear 1980s works to examine the underlying social, political, economic and cultural anxieties during the Cold War era. … The Nuclear 1980s is a helpful introduction to nuclear literature and culture. … Cordle’s book shows how complex anxieties pervade through different aspects of life in the late Cold War era, and successfully captures the intriguing nuances of the nuclear age.” (Carl White, The British Society for Literature and Science, bsls.ac.uk, August, 2017)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Protect–Protest: Introducing the Nuclear 1980s

    Cordle, Daniel

    Pages 1-24

  • The Most Explosive Love Story Ever: Transatlantic Nuclear Discourse

    Cordle, Daniel

    Pages 25-45

  • The Politics of Vulnerability: Protest and Nuclear Literature

    Cordle, Daniel

    Pages 47-76

  • Post-Containment Culture: Gender, Family and Society in the Late Cold War

    Cordle, Daniel

    Pages 77-112

  • Dust, Winter and Refuge: Environmentalism and Nuclear Literature

    Cordle, Daniel

    Pages 113-140

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51308-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51307-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Late Cold War Literature and Culture
Book Subtitle
The Nuclear 1980s
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51308-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51308-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51307-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 229
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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