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Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy

Greg Barnhisel


This book reveals how the U.S. government reconfigured modernism as a trans-Atlantic movement, a joint endeavor between American and European artists, and shows that this had profound implications for the art that followed and for the character of American identity. It draws on interviews, rare archival materials, and the stories of such figures and institutions as William Faulkner, Stephen Spender, Irving Kristol, James Laughlin, and the Voice of America. The book starts by showing how European intellectuals in the 1950s dismissed American culture as nothing more than cowboy movies and the A- ... More

Keywords: modernism, trans-Atlantic movement, William Faulkner, Stephen Spender, Irving Kristol, James Laughlin, Cold War, avant-garde

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162302
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Barnhisel, author
Duquesne University