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Archives of Authority

Archives of Authority

(p.11) Chapter 1 Archives of Authority
Archives of Authority
Andrew N. Rubin
Princeton University Press

This chapter details the correspondence between the author and the Central Intelligence Agency regarding the release of information in line with the Freedom of Information Act. At the same time the chapter builds on an emerging body of scholarship that examines the relationship between American postwar ascendancy and “cultural diplomacy” in the early years of the Cold War and decolonization. Few studies have considered how the Congress for Cultural Freedom's (CCF) underwriting reshaped and refashioned the global literary landscape, altered the relationships between writers and their publics, and rendered those whom it supported more recognizable figures than others. These practices were conceived as part of an orchestrated imperial effort to occupy a global public space that by 1948 had been largely dominated by the socialist rhetoric of the Communist Information Bureau (Cominform).

Keywords:   Freedom of Information Act, Stephen Spender, cultural diplomacy, American postwar ascendancy, CIA, Central Intelligence Agency, Congress for Cultural Freedom, CCF, global literary landscape

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