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War Narratives in American Culture

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2015 -> 2015

No timetable defined.


Autumn semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 5.00


The United States has been involved in at least four major military actions since the end of World War II and initiated countless smaller interventions. Telling the story of these wars, and of combat experience more generally, has been the job of a massive culture industry as well as many individual writers, poets, journalists, and visual artists. This MA class will explore the issue of war narrative and its various strategies in terms of a tension between those that make war appear attractive and those which seem to demystify it. We will look at the three dominant modes that are often used to organize war narrative: melodrama, adventure and horror, and try to understand their emotional, ideological and aesthetic effects. The course will be looking at fictional and non-fictional texts, narrative film, documentaries, and other discursive forms, focusing mainly on post WWII military conflicts.

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