American Science Fiction and the Cold War: Literature and Film

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - History - 216 pages
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Conflicting Identities and Multiple Masculinitiestakes as its focus the construction of masculinity in Western Europe from the early Middle Ages until the fifteenth century, crossing from pre-Christian Scandinavia across western Christendom. The essays consult a broad and representative cross section of sources including the work of theological, scholastic, and monastic writers, sagas, hagiography and memoirs, material culture, chronicles, examplaand vernacular literature, sumptuary legislation, and the records of ecclesiastical courts. The studies address questions of what constituted male identity, and male sexuality. How was masculinity constructed in different social groups? How did the secular and ecclesiastical ideals of masculinity reinforce each other or diverge? These essays address the topic of medieval men and, through a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches, significantly extend our understanding of how, in the Middle Ages, masculinity and identity were conflicted and multifarious.
 

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Contents

Philip Wylie and Leo Szilard
14
History and Apocalypse in Poul Anderson
40
Views from the Hearth
53
Cultures of Surveillance
68
TakeOver Bids Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth
82
The Russians Have Come
94
Bernard Wolfes Limbo
107
The Cold War Computerised
119
Dr Strangelove in Context
145
Walter M Miller and Russell Hoban
157
In the Aftermath
168
The Star Wars Debate
181
Bibliography
194
Index
212
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Professor David Seed is a Lecturer at the School of English, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.

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