Post-Containment Culture: Gender, Family and Society in the Late Cold War

  • Daniel Cordle


Feminist campaigners were instrumental in revitalising nuclear activism in the 1980s and literature was preoccupied with issues of gender and family. This chapter shows how a late Cold War “post-containment” culture emerged, writing back to what’s frequently read by critics as the “containment” culture (a particular set of anxieties about home and family) of the early Cold War. It analyses novels by Maggie Gee and Richard Powers that depict the “nuclear” family of the late Cold War, then goes on to discuss how fictions set after nuclear war (by Louise Lawrence, Ursula Le Guin, Sheri Tepper and Vonda McIntyre) use this setting to imagine new kinds of personal and family relations.


Nuclear Family Family Unit Federal Emergency Management Agency Civil Defence Containment Culture 
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  • Daniel Cordle
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  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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