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Monsters in the MachineScience Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II$
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Steffen Hantke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805652

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805652.001.0001

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A Bright New Future, With Monsters

A Bright New Future, With Monsters

(p.3) Introduction A Bright New Future, With Monsters
Monsters in the Machine

Steffen Hantke

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's key themes. This book focuses on American science fiction films of the 1950s, many of which are fondly remembered, yet critically dismissed. It argues that it is through the intersection of past and present, of unresolved trauma superimposed upon present anxieties, that 1950s science fiction films acquire topical relevance within their historical context. Science fiction films from the 1950s are a belated response to the national trauma of World War II and the Korean War projected onto the unsettling experience of the Cold War. With much of the critical work on the Cold War aspects of the films already delivered by other scholars, this book will weigh in on the side of the argument that has, as yet, remained critically neglected—the side of past trauma: on World War II and the Korean War, and their troubling legacy in the first decade of the American Century.

Keywords:   science fiction films, American films, World War II, trauma, Korean War

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