The migrations of modernism: remaking English Studies in the Cold War
Modernism was reinvented and appropriated by the United States in the 1950s as part of a Cold War strategy to demonstrate US cultural hegemony. There are parallels between modernism and ‘NATO ideology’ in so far as both reflect US global chauvinism and both reject a (Soviet) realist alternative. Modernism, anti-modernism and postmodernism are all discussed in relation to this thesis and the work of key writers is examined, including that of Davie, Alvarez, Kermode, Spender and Eagleton.
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