Paranoia the Bomb and 1950s Science Fiction Films (Hardback)
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Paranoia the Bomb and 1950s Science Fiction Films (Hardback)

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Hardback 163 Pages / Published: 30/09/1999
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Cyndy Hendershot argues that 1950s science fiction films open a window on the cultural paranoia that characterized 1950s America, a phenomenon largely triggered by use of nuclear weapons during World War II. This study uses psychoanalytic theory to examine the various monsters that inhabit 1950s sci-fi movies giant insects, prehistoric creatures, mutants, uncanny doubles, to name a few which serve as metaphorical embodiments of a varied and complex cultural paranoia. Postwar paranoia may have stemmed from the bomb, but it came to correlate with a wider range of issues such as anti-communism, internal totalitarianism, scientific progress, domestic problems, gender roles, and sexuality."

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780879727994
Number of pages: 163
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 236 x 165 x 20 mm

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