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Atomic Bomb -- Cultural Representations in America

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the cultural impact of the atomic bomb.


Six Superlative Sources

· Paul Boyer: By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age. Pantheon, 1985. Outstanding exploration of the period immediately following WW II.

· Spencer Weart: Nuclear Fear: A History of Images. Harvard University Press, 1988. The indispensible source on nuclear imagery.

· Paul Brians: Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984. Kent State University Press, 1987. And Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, A Supplement. A comprehensive survey of fiction depicting nuclear war and its aftermath.

· Nancy Anisfield: The Nightmare Considered: Critical Essays on Nuclear War Literature. Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1991. Contains contributions by most of the scholars who have done extensive work on nuclear war in literature.

· Martha A. Bartter: The Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction. Greenwood Press, 1988. Although limited to American science fiction, it discusses some works covered in Nuclear Holocausts because it does not restrict its coverage to works in which a nuclear war actually occurs, but includes ones in which the threat looms large.

· Carl B. Yoke, ed.: Phoenix from the Ashes: The Literature of the Remade World. Greenwood Press, 1987. A collection of essays about post-nuclear holocaust fiction, focussing on science fiction.

Other Excellent Sources

· Mick Broderick: Nuclear Movies : A Critical Analysis and Filmography of International Feature Length Films Dealing with Experimentation, Aliens, Terrorism, Holocaust. McFarland, 1991. The indispensible work for the subjects listed in the subtitle.

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