The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol'niki Park to Chicago's South Side by Kate A. BaldwinThe Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol'niki Park to Chicago's South Side by Kate A. Baldwin

The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol'niki Park to Chicago's South Side

byKate A. Baldwin

Paperback | January 5, 2016

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This book demonstrates the ways in which the kitchen—the centerpiece of domesticity and consumerism—was deployed as a recurring motif in the ideological and propaganda battles of the Cold War. Beginning with the famous Nixon–Khrushchev kitchen debate, Baldwin shows how Nixon turned the kitchen into a space of exception, while contemporary writers, artists, and activists depicted it as a site of cultural resistance. Focusing on a wide variety of literature and media from the United States and the Soviet Union, Baldwin reveals how the binary logic at work in Nixon’s discourse—setting U.S. freedom against Soviet totalitarianism—erased the histories of slavery, gender subordination, colonialism, and racial genocide. The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen treats the kitchen as symptomatic of these erasures, connecting issues of race, gender, and social difference across national boundaries.

This rich and rewarding study—embracing the literature, film, and photography of the era—will appeal to a broad spectrum of scholars.
KATE A. BALDWIN is an associate professor of communication studies, rhetoric, and American studies at Northwestern University and the author of Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain.
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Title:The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol'niki Park to Chicago's South SideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:Dartmouth College PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Cold War Hot Kitchen
Envy and Other Warm Guns: Ray and Charles Eames at the American National Exhibition in Moscow
Reframing the Cold War Kitchen: Sylvia Plath, Byt, and the Radical Imaginary of The Bell Jar
Alice Childress, Natalya Baranskaya, and the Conditions of Cold War Womanhood
Lorraine Hansberry and the Social Life of Emotions
Selling the Homeland: Silk Stockings, Stilyagi, and Style
Epilogue: A Kitchen in History
Notes
Index

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This book demonstrates the ways in which the kitchen—the centerpiece of domesticity and consumerism—was deployed as a recurring motif in the ideological and propaganda battles of the Cold War. Beginning with the famous Nixon–Khrushchev kitchen debate, Baldwin shows how Nixon turned the kitchen into a space of exception, while contemporary writers, artists, and activists depicted it as a site of cultural resistance. Focusing on a wide variety of literature and media from the United States and the Soviet Union, Baldwin reveals how the binary logic at work in Nixon’s discourse—setting U.S. freedom against Soviet totalitarianism—erased the histories of slavery, gender subordination, colonialism, and racial genocide. The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen treats the kitchen as symptomatic of these erasures, connecting issues of race, gender, and social difference across national boundaries.This rich and rewarding study—embracing the literature, film, and photography of the era—will appeal to a broad spectrum of scholars.“In the televised Cold War kitchen debate between Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon in 1959, women were represented only by their radical absence, removed from the very places where gendered, racial, and national subjectivities were being produced. In this astute and fascinating comparatist study of Soviet and U.S. women, Kate Baldwin refutes these illusory Cold War optics and digs up the deeper and more profound meaning of how gender, race, and national identity inform our understandings of global Cold War kitchens.” - Mary Helen Washington, author of The Other Blacklist: The African Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s