Against the Grain

Literature, Modernism, and the CIA

What did the CIA do in the arena of literature? What did literary modernism have to do with colonialism? And how and why have foundations actively collaborated with U.S. intelligence agencies? Juliana Spahr considers the impact of politics and cultural diplomacy on literary production and on the ability of certain writers to achieve canonical status.

Juliana Spahr, Du Bois’s Telegram: Literary Resistance and State Containment Harvard University Press, 2018

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