AUTHORSeed, David
TITLEUnder the Shadow: The Atomic Bomb and Cold War Narratives
PUBLISHERKent State University Press

This literary analysis focuses on the different types of narratives used in Cold War fiction and film with themes involving the use of nuclear weapons. The chapters examine particular authors and filmmakers, both famous and lesser known, and their stories involving nuclear holocaust, which commonly attempt to balance nuclear fear with the anticipation of survival. The subjects under scrutiny range from the early twentieth-century H. G. Wells novel A World Set Free to the post-Cold War novel The World Next Door by Brad Ferguson. A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Bradford Incident, Dr. Strangelove, Fail-Safe, and John Hersey's Hiroshima are among the works examined in detail. The book provides a perspective on the evolution of society’s perception of danger and hope in the nuclear age.

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