>Subject: CFP: Cold War Book History Anthology (1/20/07; collection)
>From: "Greg Barnhisel" <[log in to unmask]>
>Submissions are currently being solicited for an edited collection of=20
>articles about print culture and the Cold War. The editors of this=20
>anthology seek work by historians of the book and print culture, as=20
>well as scholars from disciplines across the academy who are pursuing=20
>work in the history of the book and/or the history of the Cold War.
>The subject of culture in the Cold War has received significant=20
>scholarly attention over the last twenty years. Many excellent cultural=20=
>histories connect popular and high culture with the larger political=20
>currents and military conflicts of the time, and recent work has also=20
>taken as its subject the use of culture as a weapon in the Cold War.=20
>But the importance of the medium of print, which did much to convey and=20=
>shape these ideologies and events of the period, has received little=20
>attention. Although television, film, radio, and other forms of media ,=20=
>certainly were crucial reflectors and carriers of Cold War politics and=20=
>ideology, and have received much attention, printed materials remained=20=
>a critical means of shaping political and popular discourse during the=20=
>Printed materials underwent a number of revolutions during the Cold=20
>War, including the development of mass-market and "quality" paperbacks=20=
>and the explosion in inexpensive reproduction (such as photocopying and=20=
>mimeographing). The growth of higher education around the world created=20=
>new markets for print, new opportunities for publishers, and a new set=20=
>of consumers for printed material, while governments of the East and=20
>West attempted to control what got into print and how it circulated, to=20=
>encourage reading as a way to increase learning in fields such as=20
>science and math, and to spread their own ideologies. Access to and=20
>distribution of easily reproduced printed materials posed challenges=20
>and possibilities for both sides in the Cold War.
>The central questions that this anthology seeks to explore are:
>What was the role of the printed word in shaping the events of the=20
>historical period known as the Cold War? And to what extent did the=20
>historical pressures of the Cold War shape the material factors,=20
>economic contexts, production, distribution, and reception of printed=20
>Some specific issues that submissions might examine could include:
>=95 How did the pro-Western alliance use print culture to disseminate =
>ideas in an effort to win over public opinion in their own nations and=20=
>in nonaligned nations?
>=95 What role did print culture play in the establishment of Soviet=20
>control over public discourse in its satellite nations?
>=95 How did changing formats for literature respond to and shape =
>=95 What role did politics play in definitions of quality and debates=20
>over high- and lowbrow?
>=95 Why did divisions over high and low take on increased importance=20
>during this period?
>=95 How did non-literary works (cookbooks, advice manuals, and =
>reflect and shape cultural politics?
>=95 How did publishers take advantage of changing market realities? How=20=
>did these changing realities shape the publishing industry?
>=95 How did cultural politics influence critical discourse about print? =20=
>How did this discourse in turn shape school curricula?
>=95 How did print culture provide a location for the intersection of=20
>anticommunist ideology and the nascent civil-rights movement in the=20
>=95 How did print culture undermine Soviet communist ideology in the=20
>Soviet Union? How did this process differ in nations such as=20
>Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and East Germany?
>=95 How did citizens of the Eastern Bloc produce and disseminate=20
>dissident works of literature or journalism?
>=95 How did radical or dissident groups in the U.S., both on the left =
>on the right, use print to alter the public discussion about the Cold=20
>=95 What role did print culture play in the Cold War-era discourse about=20=
>terms like cultural diplomacy, human rights, totalitarianism, feminism,=20=
>=95 How did underground bookstores and publishers (both of the radical=20=
>left and the radical right) disseminate ideology in the U.S.?
>=95 What was the publication history of Mao=92s Little Red Book in =
>in Southeast Asia, in Europe, and in the U.S.?
>=95 How did revolutionary leaders of the developing world come into=20
>contact with and use radical literature?
>=95 What was the role of the Union of Soviet Writers in the publishing=20=
>industry in the Soviet Union?
>Please submit an abstract of a previously unpublished paper to Greg=20
>Barnhisel, Department of English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA=20
>15282. Direct inquiries only (no electronic submissions) to Greg=20
>Barnhisel [[log in to unmask]] or Cathy Turner=20
>[[log in to unmask]]. The deadline for submissions is January 1,=20=
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