Celluloid Chain Reactions: The China Syndrome and Three Mile Island

Wills, John (2006) Celluloid Chain Reactions: The China Syndrome and Three Mile Island. European Journal of American Culture, 25 (2). pp. 109-122. ISSN 1466-0407. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In March 1979, Americans watched two nuclear incidents unfold. On television, news reporters covered a real-life partial meltdown at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At the movie-theater, a fictional atomic plant in California nearly met disaster in The China Syndrome directed by James Bridges. This article explores how the nuclear industry, environmental protesters and the American public responded to the two dramas. It discusses the extent to which a Hollywood thriller provided a window on events at Three Mile Island. It highlights the role of fiction in common comprehensions of the nuclear age and in the formation of nationwide nuclear anxieties.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: atomic energy, disaster fiction, environmentalism, information, nuclear fear, protest
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: John Wills
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2008 21:47
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 15:21
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/11352 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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