Cold War Texts: Politics, Propaganda and Pop Culture
This course examines the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways in which Soviet Russia and Eurasia were strategically constructed and represented during the Cold War. Students will learn to critically analyse the meanings and ethical implications of a variety of texts – including political speeches, propaganda films, policy documents, and selections from popular film and literature – and locate them in the historical, social and political contexts of their production. Students will engage with theories and methods from a range of disciplines including critical discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and political sociology. One course.