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Literature and the Cold War

The literary focus of the Cold War was recently brought into view. New documents released by the CIA reveal a covert book print program surrounding the translation, publication, printing and distribution of Boris Pasternak's Dr Zhivago banned in Russia and Eastern Europe. A Wilson Center History panel, The Marshall Plan of the Mind: the CIA Covert Book Program, sketched the soft power battle to win the minds of the East Europeans and Russians through distribution of Dr. Zhivago in 1957.

Analogously the British had a decade-long book translation and print program in post-war Germany and Austria that used literature as a way of influencing people's cultural and political opinions, and Cold War and de-Nazification efforts. British authors were chosen to form panels to select the books to be translated and distributed as well as perform in other roles.

The panel welcomes papers on the role that literature can play in national rivalries and programs, propaganda, any aspect of post-war Book Print programs in Europe or Russia, discussion of recently-released CIA or MOI documents or the involvement of particular authors, impact and rewards in these programs (outside the better-known 1967 CIA Encounter scandal).

Please send 300 word abstract and brief CV (one page) to Patricia Laurence, pat.laurence@gmail.com



Conference Location: Boston, Ma., USA
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: April 10, 2015

For more information, contact: Patricia Laurence

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