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The Coldest War: Imagining Geopolitics from the Bottom of the Earth


Leane, E, The Coldest War: Imagining Geopolitics from the Bottom of the Earth, The Palgrave Handbook of Cold War Literature, Palgrave Macmillan, A Hammond (ed), London, pp. 677-696. ISBN 9783030389727 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-38973-4_34


Puns are difficult to avoid when the polar regions and the Cold War are brought together. Metaphors of icy exchanges and thawing relations spring easily to mind, pointing up the potential for symbolic uses of the Earth’s icescapes in literary texts of the period. Of course, the Arctic and Antarctic are not only symbols […] but also material places with their own specific histories and geopolitics. However, while the strategic importance to the Cold War of the Arctic, positioned between the US and the USSR and occupied by early missile warning systems, is readily acknowledged, the relevance of the remote Antarctic is less immediately clear.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Cold War literature, Antarctica, geopolitics, polar regions
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literary studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
ID Code:135453
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT120100402)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-10-22
Last Modified:2021-04-28

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