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Cold War Space and Culture in the 1960s and 1980sThe Bunkered Decades$
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David L. Pike

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780192846167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780192846167.001.0001

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We’ll All Go Together When We Go

We’ll All Go Together When We Go

Shelter and Community

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Cold War Space and Culture in the 1960s and 1980s

David L. Pike

Oxford University Press

In the mainstream American bunker imaginary, the communal shelter repels by its very nature. Indeed, for all its ideological basis in the defense of freedom from the forces of communism, the communal shelter works primarily to express ambivalence towards the bunker fantasy and the shelter society per se. Consequently, it is the space within the bunker fantasy that most readily affords critical articulations of the cost and dangers of nuclearity. That critical affordance comes nearly always at the price of negativity: in the American nuclear imaginary no one is safe when sheltering outside of his own home. Critical public-shelter texts argued that the only way to imagine a resolution to the crisis faced by the world of the early 1960s was through the form of the bunker fantasy.

Keywords:   communal shelter, The Descent (Gina Berriault), Simple Stories (Langston Hughes), The World, the Flesh, and the Devil, Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman), The Last Day: A Novel of the Day after Tomorrow (Helen Clarkson [McCloy]), “The Photographer” (Mission Impossible), “The Concentration City” (J. G. Ballard), A Case of Conscience (James Blish), The Penultimate Truth (Philip K. Dick)

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