Alan M. Wald, "Red Scare: A Counter-History"


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  • Speaker: Alan M. Wald, Chandler Professor of English and American Culture
  • Host Department: Port Huron Statement
  • Date: 09/11/2012
  • Time: 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

  • Location: 1014 Tisch Hall

  • Description:

    In politics and culture, the anti-radical “Red Scare” produced a sweeping climate change during the High Cold War of the 1950s. Concealed beneath an ideological carapace of a stark polarization between the “Iron Curtain” and the “Free World,” a “New Right,” “New Liberalism,” and “New Left” were displacing, condensing, and exploiting the social contradictions of the postwar era. How does the contemporary cultural historian speak to rearrangements of perception induced by dominant narratives? Alan Wald addresses the enigmatic patterns, contradictory consciousness, and discordant conjuncture of this “broken time” by way of arguments from his work-in-progress, Literary Radicalism: A Counter-History, 1914-68.

    Background reading for the September 11 lecture by Alan M. Wald:

    1. “McCarthyism,”
    2. Ellen Schrecker, “The Legacy of McCarthyism,”
    3. Victor Navasky, Chapter 10 of Naming Names,