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Future WarsThe Anticipations and the Fears$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317552

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317224

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On the Beach: British Nuclear Fiction and the Spaces of Empire's End

On the Beach: British Nuclear Fiction and the Spaces of Empire's End

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(p.144) 8. On the Beach: British Nuclear Fiction and the Spaces of Empire's End
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Future Wars
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Brian Baker

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317552.003.0009

This chapter examines Nevil Shute' novel, On the Beach, published in 1957, and its film adaptation directed by Stanley Kramer, released in 1959, which takes Melbourne and its environs as the site of an imaginative meditation on the end of human life on Earth, caused by nuclear war. It analyzes Shute's novel in more detail, expanding upon its scenario of a slow decline into quiescence as the consequence of nuclear war and global fallout. It explains the themes of institutional entropy, inversions of pastoral, the scorched hearth and going home.

Keywords:   Nevil Shute, Stanley Kramer, Melbourne, nuclear war, future-war fiction

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