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Book Title: Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War|
The author of the book: Andrew N. Rubin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.44 MB
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: July 29th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780691154152
Read full description of the books Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War:Combining literary, cultural, and political history, and based on extensive archival research, including previously unseen FBI and CIA documents, Archives of Authority argues that cultural politics--specifically America's often covert patronage of the arts--played a highly important role in the transfer of imperial authority from Britain to the United States during a critical period after World War II. Andrew Rubin argues that this transfer reshaped the postwar literary space and he shows how, during this time, new and efficient modes of cultural transmission, replication, and travel--such as radio and rapidly and globally circulated journals--completely transformed the position occupied by the postwar writer and the role of world literature.Rubin demonstrates that the nearly instantaneous translation of texts by George Orwell, Thomas Mann, W. H. Auden, Richard Wright, Mary McCarthy, and Albert Camus, among others, into interrelated journals that were sponsored by organizations such as the CIA's Congress for Cultural Freedom and circulated around the world effectively reshaped writers, critics, and intellectuals into easily recognizable, transnational figures. Their work formed a new canon of world literature that was celebrated in the United States and supposedly represented the best of contemporary thought, while less politically attractive authors were ignored or even demonized. This championing and demonizing of writers occurred in the name of anti-Communism--the new, transatlantic "civilizing mission" through which postwar cultural and literary authority emerged.
Read information about the authorAndrew N. Rubin is a Scholar in Residence in English and Comparative Literature at Georgetown University His most recent book is entitled Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War. Rubin is the co-editor of Adorno: A Critical Reader and the co-editor of The Edward Said Reader. He has written widely on the work of Edward Said, Theodor Adorno, George Orwell, and Joseph Conrad, as well as theories of world literature and transnational modernisms for and journals including Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, The South Atlantic Quarterly, The Journal of Palestine Studies, Arab Studies Quarterly, The Nation, The New Statesman, and al-ahram. In 2007, he was the recipient of a Lannan Residency.
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