Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War by Andrew N. Rubin

By Andrew N. Rubin

Combining literary, cultural, and political historical past, and in line with wide archival study, together with formerly unseen FBI and CIA files, Archives of Authority argues that cultural politics--specifically America's usually covert patronage of the arts--played a hugely vital function within the move of imperial authority from Britain to the us in the course of a serious interval after international struggle II. Andrew Rubin argues that this move reshaped the postwar literary house and he exhibits how, in this time, new and effective modes of cultural transmission, replication, and travel--such as radio and speedily and globally circulated journals--completely reworked the location occupied through the postwar author and the function of global literature.

Rubin demonstrates that the approximately instant translation of texts by way of George Orwell, Thomas Mann, W. H. Auden, Richard Wright, Mary McCarthy, and Albert Camus, between others, into interrelated journals that have been backed via agencies resembling the CIA's Congress for Cultural Freedom and circulated all over the world successfully reshaped writers, critics, and intellectuals into simply recognizable, transnational figures. Their paintings shaped a brand new canon of worldwide literature that was once celebrated within the usa and supposedly represented the simplest of latest notion, whereas much less politically beautiful authors have been neglected or maybe demonized. This championing and demonizing of writers happened within the identify of anti-Communism--the new, transatlantic "civilizing venture" during which postwar cultural and literary authority emerged.

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