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

Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies

2016 • 256 pp. 29 illus. 6 x 9"
Literary Criticism - Russian & Soviet / Literary Criticism - American / Literary Criticism - 20th Century

$45.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-863-4
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-862-7

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-864-1

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“Baldwin’s use of Soviet sources, including reactions to ANEM, literature and movies, household encyclopedias, and magazines is impressive and significant. . . . Baldwin has crafted a fascinating and insightful book that can be appreciated by scholars working in a variety of academic fields.”
Russian Review

Race, domesticity, and consumerism in the Cold War era

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.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“[A] well-argued and engaging study . . . Baldwin has demonstrated significant ways to nudge the field of diplomatic history toward new and exciting directions. . . . The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol’niki Park to Chicago’s South Side may help to relieve the fears of those who continue to question whether cultural studies enriches diplomatic history or pulls it off course.”—H-Net

“In The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen, absence is more important than presence.”
Journal of American History

The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen demonstrates that imaginaries are useful devices for questioning existing narratives and identifying new complexities.”

Winterthur Portfolio

“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

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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