The Half-Life of the Cold War

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As evinced by the popular recent television show The Americans, in which deep-cover Soviet agents are depicted in a 1980s U.S. lovingly rendered in "retro" styling, the Cold War retains a hold on the twenty-first century popular imaginary even as it recedes further into the past. This panel seeks to assess the continuing significance of the Cold War in the sphere of contemporary cultural production, whether its spectral presence manifests itself as nostalgia, as with The Americans, or as apocalyptic anxieties (e.g. ambivalence about nuclear technology in the wake of the recent Fukushima Daiichi disaster). Papers are invited on any aspect of the representation of the Cold War in late twentieth and early twenty-first century literature, film, television, art, and theory.

Please note that this is a proposed special session for the 2014 MLA Convention, which will be held from January 9-12, 2014 in Chicago, IL.

Submit 250-word abstract by 15 March 2013 to Theo Finigan (