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Enemies Within: The Cold War and the AIDS Crisis in Literature, Film, and Culture Hardcover – May 17, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Printing edition (May 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252026373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252026379
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,465,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although the postmodern age has been termed the 'Age of Angst,' few of us recognize the pervasive effects of free-floating anxiety-anxiety without a specific focus-in ordinary lives. In Enemies Within, Jacqueline Foertsch has provided a masterful connection between two of today's big issues: nuclear contamination and AIDS. Her clear and cogent argument analyzes contemporary literature and film to show not only how many aspects of life this anxiety affects, but also how it distorts our ability to assess both immediate and proximate problems." - Martha A. Bartter, author of The Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction "Foertsch is a shrewd reader/observer and cultural critic. Here she makes a powerful and convincing argument that gender dynamics are not simply a thematic issue for nuclear and AIDs fiction but assume an integral role in its shaping. Enemies Within is both corrective of the current picture of contemporary fiction and innovative in reframing how this fiction makes cultural sense." - John Johnston, author of Information Multiplicity: American Fiction in the Age of Media Saturation

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