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Thursday, 27 December

97. Containment Culture and the Material Text: Religion, Politics, and Aesthetics in Cold War America

7:00–8:15 p.m., Atlanta, Hyatt Regency

A special session

Presiding: Catherine Turner, Coll. Misericordia

1. “‘The Cult of Reassurance’: Religious Self-Help Literature in the Cold War United States,” Erin Ann Smith, Univ. of Texas, Dallas

2. “Masscult, Midcult: Pearl Buck, Christopher Isherwood, and the Battle of Cold War Aesthetics,” Jaime Harker, Univ. of Mississippi

3. “The Medium, the Message, the Movement: Print Culture and New Left Politics,” Kristin L. Matthews, Brigham Young Univ., UT

Respondent: Catherine Turner

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