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Paranoia, the Bomb, and 1950s Science Fiction Films - by Cynthia Hendershot & Cyndy Hendershot

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Number of Pages: 174

Sub-Genre: Film

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Bowling Green State University Popular Press

Book theme: General

Author: Cynthia Hendershot & Cyndy Hendershot

Language: English

Street Date: January 1, 1999
TCIN: 77834328
UPC: 9780879727994
Item Number (DPCI): 247-16-4619

Description

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."
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