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nuclear Freeze

During the Cold War, several periods of protest against nuclear weapons took place in the United States. By far the largest protest campaign involved the nuclear freeze movement. This ...

Irving, John

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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...C. Reilly ( 1991 ) points out, the list of unnatural and bizarre deaths in The World According to Garp is formidable: “Jenny Fields and Garp are assassinated; Walt dies in a car crash; Harrison and Alice Fletcher die in a plane crash during the Christmas holidays;…Mr. Tinch freezes to death;…Ellen James drowns in the treacherous undertow of Dog's Head Harbor; and Duncan Garp chokes to death on an olive while laughing too hard at one of his own jokes.” Frequently mutilation results from accidents and traumas. It is the central subject of The Fourth Hand ,...

Delillo, Don

Delillo, Don   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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...in thirty pages of x's and o's, inaccessible playbook jargon, every moment drained of the emotional texture of spontaneity and passion. When an ROTC professor of military strategy argues the inevitability of nuclear holocaust, Harkness relishes the tidiness of self-inflicted apocalypse. Like football (and, as DeLillo suggests, like theology), nuclear war charms brutality into an uncomplicated exercise in control, a perfect closed system in which the individual exercises no responsibility and which, theoretically, resolves the death anxiety entirely. But...

Science Fiction

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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...1–82. Special “Young SF” issue. Hintz, Carrie , and Elaine Ostry , eds. Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults . New York: Routledge, 2002. Fine collection of scholarly essays. Lenz, Millicent . Nuclear Age Literature for Youth: The Quest for a Life-Affirming Ethic . Chicago: ALA, 1990. Well-done study of nuclear war fiction. The Lion and the Unicorn 28.2 (2004): 171–313. Special children's and young adult science fiction issue. Molson, Francis J. , and Susan G. Miles . “Young Adult Science Fiction.” In Anatomy of Wonder: A...

cold

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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...objectively. The idea that ideas and enthusiasms may seem less appealing when examined thus is quite long established; in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure ( 1895 ), Sue says ruefully, ‘Things seem so different in the cold light of morning, don't they?’ See also cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey...

Evil Empire

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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...Empire . A description of the Soviet Union coined by President Ronald Reagan , the Great Communicator , in a speech to US evangelical church leaders in March 1983 : In your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride – the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire. The phrase, summing up the Manichaean approach to the Cold War of the US religious right, is assumed to have been...

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