This course will examine a genealogy of Cold War cultural studies, from the postwar security documents that sketched out a global realignment to recent reappraisals of the Cold War’s continuation. Our discussions will trace a critical focus on domestic demonization in scholarship on the early Cold War into the global turns that attempt to factor in complex decolonizing movements. Considering this long – and significantly unending – period of hardening consensus and resignifying dissent, our readings will feature aesthetic texts that exemplify, skewer, and dismantle concepts of alignment. M.A. students and submatriculated undergraduates should contact the instructor to request permission to join and should submit a permit request when adding the course to their cart.