1970, Planet Earth: The Imagination of the Global

Ursula K. Heis

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1970, Planet Earth: The Imagination of the Global

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This chapter shows how viewing the globe as a unitary system can affect literature, starting with a section on the image of the ‘Blue Planet’. The next section studies the tension between the awareness of the planetary whole and the sharpened perception of differences, which mark the imagination of the global in culture and literature. The chapter emphasises the mark left on literature by the dangers of atomic war and addresses the question of who holds power in the global order and how it is used, ending with a section on the increase of the number of literary translations all over the world.

Keywords: globe; unitary system; Blue Planet; atomic war; global order; literary translations; imagination of global

Chapter.  7398 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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