[csaa-forum] Spectres of War

Misha Kavka m.kavka at auckland.ac.nz
Mon May 7 23:00:37 CST 2012

This new publication by Elisabeth Bronfen, professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich, may be of particular interest to colleagues working in film studies, American studies and/or militarisation and the media. Apologies for cross-posting.

SPECTERS OF WAR: Hollywood’s Engagement with Military Conflict
Elisabeth Bronfen

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. 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 courts martial are also explored as instruments of cultural memory.

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