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No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Steven Belletto


This book argues that chance became a complex yet conflicted cultural signifier during the Cold War, when a range of thinkers—politicians, novelists, historians, biologists, sociologists, and others—contended that totalitarianism denied the very existence and operation of chance in the world. This contention often worked by claiming that the Soviet system perpetrated a vast fiction on its population, a fiction made visible by the Soviet view that there is no such thing as chance or accident, only manifestations of historical law (hence the refrain from which the title is taken: “It was no acci ... More

Keywords: American literature, 1945 to present, Cold War in literature, chance in literature, accident in literature, theories of chance in narrative, Cold War in popular culture, Game Theory Narrative in literature, Thomas Pynchon, Vladimir Nabokov, African-American fiction and the Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199826889
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Belletto, author
Lafayette College