The Politics of Vulnerability: Protest and Nuclear Literature

  • Daniel Cordle


Nuclear war was widely discussed in the 1980s and this chapter explores the representation in literature both of nuclear fears and of nuclear protest. In several texts nuclear anxieties are reworked via a politics of vulnerability, chiming with the distinctive tactics of nuclear activists, which flaunted human frailty strategically in an attempt to find a mode of protest renouncing the logics of violence.

Through detailed readings of Maggie Gee’s novel The Burning Book, and also of children’s and young adult nuclear literature (an area hitherto largely neglected by critics), the chapter shows how vulnerability was refashioned in order to forge alliances, based on a common humanity transcending political and national borders.


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  • Daniel Cordle
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  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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