Divided Dreamworlds?

The Cultural Cold War in East and West

Edited by Peter Romijn, Giles Scott-Smith, and Joes Segal

Edited by Peter Romijn, Giles Scott-Smith, and Joes Segal

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

240 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $49.50 ISBN: 9789089644367 Published December 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
While the divide between capitalism and communism, embodied in the image of the Iron Curtain, seemed to be as wide and definitive as any cultural rift, Giles Scott-Smith, Joes Segal, and Peter Romijn have compiled a selection of essays on how culture contributed to the blurring of ideological boundaries between the East and the West. This important and diverse volume presents fascinating insights into the tensions, rivalries, and occasional cooperation between the two blocs, with essays that represent the cutting edge of Cold War Studies and analyze aesthetic preferences and cultural phenomena as various as interior design in East and West Germany; the Soviet stance on genetics; US cultural diplomacy during and after the Cold War; and the role of popular music as the universal cultural ambassador.
An illuminating and wide-ranging survey of interrelated collective dreams from both sides of the Iron Curtain, Divided Dreamworlds? has a place on the bookshelf of any modern historian.
Introduction: Divided Dreamworlds? The Cultural Cold War in East and West
      Giles Scott-Smith and Joes Segal

Part I: Arts and Sciences Between the Blocs
1. An Unofficial Cultural Ambassador: Arthur Miller and the Cultural Cold War
      Nathan Abrams
2. Biological Utopias East and West: Trofim D. Lysenko and His Critics
      William DeJong-Lambert
3. Tadeusz Kantor’s Publics: Warsaw–New York
      Jill Bugajski
4. Co-Producing Cold War Culture: East-West Film-Making and Cultural Diplomacy
      Marsha Siefert
Part II: Modernity East and West
5. The Dreamworld of New Yugoslav Culture and the Logic of Cold War Binaries
      Sabina Mihelj
6. Sounds like America: Yugoslavia’s Soft Power in Eastern Europe
      Dean Vuletic
7. Moving Toward Utopia: Soviet Housing in the Atomic Age
      Christine Varga-Harris
8. Cold War Modernism and Post-War German Homes: An East-West Comparison
      Natalie Scholz and Milena Veenis
9. Flying Away: Civil Aviation and the Dream of Freedom in East and West
      Annette Vowinckel
Part III: Post-1989 Perspectives on the Cultural Cold War
10. Problematic Things: East German Materials after 1989
      Justinian Jampol
11. (Disc)Connecting Cultures, Creating Dreamworlds: Musical ‘East-West’ Diplomacy in the Cold War and the War on Terror
      Harm Langenkamp

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