Filling the hole in the nuclear future : art and popular culture respond to the bomb


Filling the hole in the nuclear future : art and popular culture respond to the bomb

edited by Robert Jacobs

(AsiaWorld / series editor, Mark Selden)

Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield, c2010

  • : pbk
  • cloth

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foreword by Tom Engelhardt


  • Fetch lights and grocery lists : metaphors and nuclear weapons / John Canaday
  • Poems from Critical assembly / John Canaday
  • Robots, A-bombs, and war : cultural meanings of science and technology in Japan around World War II / Kenji Ito
  • The day the sun was lost (from the film Taiyo wo nakushita hi) / Minoru Maeda
  • The summer you can't go back to (from the manga Kaerani natsu) / Naoko Maeda
  • "The buck stops here": Hiroshima revisionism in the Truman years / Mick Broderick
  • Godzilla and the bravo shot : who created and killed the monster? / Yuki Tanaka
  • Thank you, Mr. Avedon / Carole Gallagher
  • Target earth : the atomic bomb and the whole earth / Robert Jacobs
  • Nuclear culture / Judy Hiramoto
  • Nuclear fear 1987-2007 : has anything changed? Has everything changed? / Spencer Weart



From the dawn of the atomic age, art and popular culture have played an essential role interpreting nuclear issues to the public and investigating the implications of nuclear weapons to the future of human civilization. Political and social forces often seemed paralyzed in thinking beyond the advent of nuclear weapons and articulating a creative response to the dilemma posed by this apocalyptic technology. Art and popular culture are uniquely suited to grapple with the implications of the bomb and the disruptions in the continuity of traditional narratives about the human future endemic to the atomic age. Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future explores the diversity of visions evoked in American and Japanese society by the mushroom cloud hanging over the future of humanity during the last half of the twentieth century. It presents historical scholarship on art and popular culture alongside the work of artists responding to the bomb, as well as artists discussing their own work. From the effect of nuclear testing on sci-fi movies during the mid-fifties in both the U.S. and Japan, to the socially engaged visual discussion about power embodied in Japanese manga, Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future takes readers into unexpected territory


Chapter 1 Preface: Hiroshima Story Chapter 2 Introduction: Filling the Hole in the Future Chapter 3 1. Fetch Lights and Grocery Lists: Metaphors and Nuclear Weapons Chapter 4 2. from Critical Assembly, Poems Chapter 5 3. Robots, A-Bombs, and War: Cultural Meanings of Science and Technology in Japan Around World War Two Chapter 6 4. The Day the Sun Was Lost, Manga Chapter 7 5. The Summer You Can't Go Back To, Manga Chapter 8 6. "The Buck Stops Here": Hiroshima Revisionism in the Truman Years Chapter 9 7. Godzilla and the Bravo Shot: Who Created and Killed the Monster? Chapter 10 8. Thank you Mr. Avedon Chapter 11 9. Target Earth: The Atomic Bomb and the Whole Earth Chapter 12 10. Nuclear Culture 13 11. Nuclear Fear 1987-2007: Has Anything Changed? Has Everything Changed?

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