The Post War Era

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The zeitgeist of the post war era was change, encompassing both personal, social and political transformation explored by composer’s experimentation with form and subject matter. The dominant discourse of power during the Cold War was the ideological conflict between Capitalism and Communism. The dominant ways of thinking were profoundly challenged by the emergence of an alternative, youth-driven culture. A composer’s disillusionment with the world in the ‘After the Bomb’ period acted as a catalyst for them to not only challenge ways of thinking but also the traditional form of literature. The era saw widespread criticism of government systems and of the military-industrial complex as hegemonic ideas about “America” were being questioned. There was a widespread perception that society had lost touch with the cornerstone of American values and pillars of democracy and it was the role of the writers, filmmakers and poets to recapture its emphasis on idealism rights and liberty and challenge the world that rejected these ideals. The texts which challenged the values and ways of thinking of the time coupled with their exploration of universal themes and the victims perspective enables these texts to continue to hold enormous significance and influence in today’s society. Accordingly a sense of discomfort pervades confronting texts of the era as composers experiment with subject matter by amplifying humanity’s growing dissension with towards the values and ideas that shaped
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