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Conformity, Rebellion, and Confusion: Trends of the Western Literature and Films in the Cold War

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Qinglan Chen

National University of Singapore, Singapore.

*Corresponding author: Qinglan Chen


The Cold War might well be one of the most complicated and intensive period in human’s history. Although a new world war didn’t break out, the tension between two world powers kept mounting perceptibly, bringing panic to everyone. As effective tools of political conflict, Western literary works and films at that time fully showed different thoughts and the ideological trends, which can be divided into three types. The first type is anti-communism propaganda and the praise of Western capitalist countries, represented by George Orwell. The second is the criticism of the Western world and even the whole civilization of human, of which the most creative element is black humor. The last type is the universal sense of loss and nothingness held by people in the Western world and their attempts to find a way out. By analyzing these trends and the outstanding works, we can probe into the world situation in the period of the cold war.


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Conformity, Rebellion, and Confusion: Trends of the Western Literature and Films in the Cold War

How to cite this paper:  Qinglan Chen. (2023) Conformity, Rebellion, and Confusion: Trends of the Western Literature and Films in the Cold War. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science7(2), 453-456.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2023.02.038

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