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Cold War IIHollywood's Renewed Obsession with Russia$
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Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831095

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831095.001.0001

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Of Mothers and Motherlands

Of Mothers and Motherlands

Figurations of Parenting and Patriotism in The Americans

(p.159) Of Mothers and Motherlands
Cold War II

David LaRocca

University Press of Mississippi

Into a landscape with many prominent instances of “Russians on screen,” it comes as something of a (pleasant) surprise to discover The Americans, an FX series (2013-18) that depicts “the enemy” as a married couple with children who run a small business and live in the suburbs of 1980s Washington, D.C. These people may be foreigners or enemies, but they are also spouses, friends, neighbors, bosses, and parents. The question for us, then, is how a show that is squarely focused on the “first” Cold War might have something to say to our current reckoning with the “second” Cold War. The chapter suggests that The Americans provides a deeply human and humane portrait of parents and patriots, who happen to be loyal citizens of the Soviet Union, and in this way orients us to the not-always-clear distinctions between the personal and the political.

Keywords:   The Americans, National identity, Patriotism, Espionage, Enemy

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