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Specters of War: Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict

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Specters of War looks at the way war has been brought to the screen in various genres and at different historical moments throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Elisabeth Bronfen asserts that Hollywood has emerged as a place where national narratives are created and circulated so that audiences can engage with fantasies, ideologies, and anxieties that take hold at a given time, only to change with the political climate.

Such cultural reflection is particularly poignant when it deals with America’s traumatic history of war. The nation has no direct access to war as a horrific experience of carnage and human destruction; we understand our relation to it through images and narratives that transmit and interpret it for us. Bronfen does not discuss actual conflicts but the films by which we have come to know and remember them, including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Best Years of Our Lives, Miracle at St. Anna, The Deer Hunter, and Flags of Our Fathers. Battles and campaigns, the home front and women-who-wait narratives, war correspondents, and court martials are also explored as instruments of cultural memory. Bronfen argues that we are haunted by past wars and by cinematic re-conceptualizations of them, and reveals a national iconography of redemptive violence from which we seem unable to escape.

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Specters of War: Hollywood’s Engagement with Military Conflict looks at the way war has been brought to the screen in various genres and at different historical moments throughout the twentieth century. Elisabeth Bronfen asserts that Hollywood has emerged as a place where national narratives are created and circulated so that audiences can engage with fantasies, ideologies, and anxieties that take hold at a given time, only to change with the political climate.

About the Author

ELISABETH BRONFEN is a professor of English and American studies at the University of Zurich. She is the author of Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic; The Knotted

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Unfinished Business of the Civil War

2. Home and Its Discontent

3. War Entertainment

4. Choreography of Battle

5. Reporting the War

6. Court-Martial Drama

7. War’s Sustained Haunting

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Filmography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813553979
Author:
Bronfen, Elisabeth
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
46 illustrations
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Specters of War: Hollywood’s Engagement with Military Conflict looks at the way war has been brought to the screen in various genres and at different historical moments throughout the twentieth century. Elisabeth Bronfen asserts that Hollywood has emerged as a place where national narratives are created and circulated so that audiences can engage with fantasies, ideologies, and anxieties that take hold at a given time, only to change with the political climate.

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