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The Resource John Updike and the Cold War : drawing the Iron Curtain, D. Quentin Miller

John Updike and the Cold War : drawing the Iron Curtain, D. Quentin Miller

Label
John Updike and the Cold War : drawing the Iron Curtain
Title
John Updike and the Cold War
Title remainder
drawing the Iron Curtain
Statement of responsibility
D. Quentin Miller
Title variation
Drawing the Iron Curtain
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"One of the most enduring and prolific American authors of the latter half of the twentieth century, John Updike has long been recognized by critics for his importance as a social commentator. Yet, John Updike and the Cold War is the first work to examine how Updike's views grew out of the defining context of American culture in his time{u2014}the Cold War. Quentin Miller argues that because Updike's career began as the Cold War was taking shape in the mid-1950s, the world he creates in his entire literary oeuvre{u2014}fiction, poetry, and nonfiction prose{u2014}reflects the optimism and the anxiety of that decade. Miller asserts that Updike's frequent use of Cold War tension as a metaphor for domestic life and as a cultural reality that affects the psychological security of his characters reveals the inherent conflict of his fictional world. Consequently, this conflict helps explain some of the problematic relationships and aimless behavior of Updike's characters, as well as their struggles to attain spiritual meaning. By examining Updike's entire career in light of the historical events that coincide with it, Miller shows how important the early Cold War mind-set was to Updike's thinking and to the development of his fiction. The changes in Updike's writing after the 1950s confirm the early Cold War era's influence on his ideology and on his celebrated style. By the Cold War's end in the late 1980s, Updike's characters look back fondly to the Eisenhower years, when their national identity seemed so easy to define in contrast to the Soviet Union. This nostalgia begins as early as his writings in the 1960s, when the breakdown of an American consensus disillusions Updike's characters and leaves them yearning for the less divisive 1950s. While underscoring how essential history is to the study of literature, Miller demonstrates that Updike's writing relies considerably on the growth of the global conflict that defined his time. Cogent and highly readable, John Updike and the Cold War makes an important contribution to Updike scholarship."--Publishers website
Cataloging source
DLC
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1967-
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Miller, D. Quentin
Dewey number
813/.54
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3571.P4
LC item number
Z783 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Literature and history
  • Anti-communist movements in literature
  • International relations in literature
  • Communism in literature
  • Cold War in literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Updike, John
  • Updike, John
  • Communist countries
  • Soviet Union
Label
John Updike and the Cold War : drawing the Iron Curtain, D. Quentin Miller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-189) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Knowledge of an Immense Catastrophe
  • Zero-Sum Marriages, Global Games
  • Vietnam and the Politics of Undovishness
  • Seeing How the Other Half Lives
  • A Reason to Get Up in the Morning
Control code
46472232
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
192 pages
Isbn
9780826213280
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001027423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
John Updike and the Cold War : drawing the Iron Curtain, D. Quentin Miller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-189) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Knowledge of an Immense Catastrophe
  • Zero-Sum Marriages, Global Games
  • Vietnam and the Politics of Undovishness
  • Seeing How the Other Half Lives
  • A Reason to Get Up in the Morning
Control code
46472232
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
192 pages
Isbn
9780826213280
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001027423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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