National security, the nuclear family, racial tensions, and rampant consumerism mark the early
years of the Cold War in the United States. In this course, we will examine the cultural influence
of the Cold War context on American literature, with a specific eye towards the production and
policing of social deviance. At the same time, we will pay attention to the ways in which Cold
War politics and technologies, such as eavesdropping, the aerial view, and other surveillance
technologies, impacted artistic forms. Specific works include excerpts from Brown vs. the Board
of Education, Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency, James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, P.K.
Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, and Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece.