Conclusion: Between the Wars

  • Daniel Cordle


The conclusion summarises how nuclear issues shaped 1980s culture. Frequently passed over in literary criticism, once we become aware of the nuclear Cold War we see how fundamental it is to numerous novels and short stories. This reading changes, then, how we understand 1980s literature and culture: it is embedded in geopolitical contexts, traversing Britain and the United States. The literature of the 1980s is also highly pertinent now. It addresses humans’ place in the longer history of the planet that has recently been explored through the concept of the Anthropocene, and helps us think through our relations with technology and nature. It also reminds us how pressing nuclear issues continue to be and that we ignore them at our peril.


Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Technology Complex Song Nuclear Issue Nuclear Deterrent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Cordle
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  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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