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Introduction. Writing the Cold War

Sorin Radu Cucu

in The Underside of Politics

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9780823254347
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780823260997 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823254347.003.0002
Introduction. Writing the Cold War

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This introductory chapter begins by exploring the reasons for considering the Cold War as ripe rhetorical terrain for analyzing the art of philosophical and literary writing that engaged the political dimension of contemporary societies. It asks: What makes communities political today and how arduous is their path towards democratic freedom? It then turns to the means by which literature enters a dialogue with the political. This is followed by a discussion of the main themes covered in the book, which include how Kafka's politico-theoretical legacy is preserved, defended, and altered by American and Eastern European writers in the second half of the twentieth century.

Keywords: political dimension; democratic freedom; Kafka; American writers; Eastern European writers

Chapter.  15586 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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