Faulkner and the cultural Cold War

Pleased to announce the publication of my article, The cultural Cold War in the Middle East: William Faulkner and Franklin Book Programs, in the forthcoming special issue of the Journal Translation and Interpreting Studies on Translation and the Cultural Cold War, which I have co-edited with Giles Scott-Smith. The article is open access and available … Continue reading Faulkner and the cultural Cold War

Culture Wars: Competing World Views in the Cold War

Excited to announce that from next academic year I will be teaching a course entitled, "Culture Wars: Competing World Views in the Cold War", as part of Leiden Universiteit Honours College Humanities Lab. This is the description of the course: The Cold War is generally understood as a confrontation between capitalism and communism, represented in … Continue reading Culture Wars: Competing World Views in the Cold War

Coldbihot

This is the project's summary: Coldbihot is an interdisciplinary and historical research project that explores the connection between Stalin’s death, the US-backed coup in Iran, and the opening of a US-sponsored publishing house (Franklin Publications) in Cairo in 1953. After Stalin died the American “battle of ideas” with the spread of communism entered a new phase. Key … Continue reading Coldbihot

Two new books

Taking Books to the World: American Publishers and the Cultural Cold War, by Amanda Laugesen. (Pub Date: September, 2017, Publisher: UMass Press, ISBN: 978-1-62534-309-3). The author uses the analogy of empire to argue that despite “charitable hopes, and intellectual reasoning behind this global experiment,” Franklin did not achieve “what it had hoped to accomplish." A review of the book is in … Continue reading Two new books