A Companion to the War Film

A Companion to the War Film

By: John Charles Nelson (editor), Douglas A. Cunningham (editor)Hardback

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A Companion to the War Film contains 27 original essays that examine all aspects of the genre, from the traditional war film, to the new global nature of conflicts, and the diverse formats that war stories assume in today s digital culture. * Includes new works from experienced and emerging scholars that expand the scope of the genre by applying fresh theoretical approaches and archival resources to the study of the war film * Moves beyond the limited confines of the combat film to cover home-front films, international and foreign language films, and a range of conflicts and time periods * Addresses complex questions of gender, race, forced internment, international terrorism, and war protest in films such as Full Metal Jacket, Good Kill, Grace is Gone, Gran Torino, The Messenger, Snow Falling on Cedars, So Proudly We Hail, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Tender Comrade, and Zero Dark Thirty * Provides a nuanced vision of war film that brings the genre firmly into the 21st Century and points the way for exciting future scholarship

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Douglas A. Cunningham is Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University and Adjunct Professor of Literature and Film Studies at Westminster College, USA. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and taught literature and film at the U.S. Air Force Academy for five years of his 20-year military career. He earned a Ph.D. in Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. He is the editor of The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock s Vertigo : Place, Pilgrimage, and Commemoration (2011), and his essays have appeared in Screen, CineAction, The Moving Image, and Critical Survey. He is currently at work on a monograph titled, Celluloid Airmen: World War II, Hollywood, and the Army Air Force s First Motion Picture Unit. John Nelson is an Academy Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He earned a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington. He has published book chapters on Nobel laureate Derek Walcott s play Pantomime and the use of landscape in contemporary military memoirs. He has taught courses on literature, composition, film, and cultural criticism at West Point for over ten years.


Contributors vii Introduction 1 Douglas A. Cunningham 1 Hearing the Music in War Films 6 Robert Eberwein 2 Antilochus s Burden: The Crisis Catharsis Rhetoric of Bereavement Messages 20 David Ryan 3 War Films in an Age of War and Cinema 36 John Garofolo 4 Exploring War Horror s Narrative Punch in Spielberg s Munich and Saving Private Ryan 56 Sandra Singer 5 The Service Tragicomedy: From Woody Allen to Full Metal Jacket 71 Matthew Sorrento 6 The Wartime American Woman on Film: Home-Front Soldier 89 Jeanine Basinger 7 Conspiracy of Silence : The Containment of Military Women in World War II Newsreels and Short Films 106 Anna Froula 8 Filming a Nuclear State: The USAF s Lookout Mountain Laboratory 129 Kevin Hamilton and Ned O Gorman 9 The Gendered Remembrance of Japanese ]American Internment: Come See the Paradise and Snow Falling on Cedars 150 Yuki Obayashi 10 The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor : Representing Nurses in the Pacific Theater 163 Debra White-Stanley 11 In the Exigency of a National Cause: Bollywood s Responses to the Kargil War 180 Kaustav Bakshi and Ramit Samaddar 12 Transnational Algerian War Cinema Revisited: Comic Relief in Merzak Allouache s Bab el-Oued City and Bab el-Oued 198 Christa C. Jones 13 Fifty Years Hence: The Forgotten War Remembered in South Korean and American Cinema 214 John Nelson 14 Dresden (2006): Marketing the Bombing of Dresden in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States 234 Linda Robertson 15 How to Recognize a War Movie: The Contemporary Science-Fiction Blockbuster as Military Recruitment Film 253 Tanine Allison 16 Making Citizens out of Soldiers: Rearming the Individual in Paul May s 08/15 271 Mark Gagnon 17 Those at Home Also Serve: Women s Television and Embedded Military Realism in Army Wives (Lifetime, 2006 2014) 289 Mary Elizabeth Haralovich 18 Generation Kill: The Invasion of Iraq As Seen on HBO 305 Deborah L. Jaramillo 19 TiK ToK on the Clock, but the Party Don t Stop, No : The Parodic Military Dance Video on YouTube 320 Leah Shafer 20 Kuwaiting for Godot: The Absurd Theatre of War in Jarhead 338 Cason Murphy 21 The Meaning of the Soldier: In the Year of the Pig and Hearts and Minds 356 Laura Browder 22 Why We (Shouldn t) Fight: The Double-Optic of the War Documentary 371 Kris Fallon 23 A War for Everyone: Strategic Ambiguity in the Home-Front War Drama 385 Dan Hassoun 24 Is There Such a Thing as an Antiwar Film? 404 Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet 25 Through a Soldier s Eyes: Stereoscopic Gazing in Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience 422 Kelly Wilz Index 445

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/05/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781118288894
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 472
  • ID: 9781118288894
  • weight: 912
  • ISBN10: 1118288890

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