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American Media and the Memory of World War II

1st Edition

By Debra Ramsay


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For three generations of Americans, World War II has been a touchstone for the understanding of conflict and of America’s role in global affairs. But if World War II helped shape the perception of war for Americans, American media in turn shape the understanding and memory of World War II. Concentrating on key popular films, television series, and digital games from the last two decades, this book explores the critical influence World War II continues to exert on a generation of Americans born over thirty years after the conflict ended. It explains how the war was configured in the media of the wartime generation and how it came to be repurposed by their progeny, the Baby Boomers. In doing so, it identifies the framework underpinning the mediation of World War II memory in the current generation’s media and develops a model that provides insight into the strategies of representation that shape the American perspective of war in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Objects on the Shelf and Long-Running Stories Part I 1. Notes on Approach: Memory and Generations 2. World War II as a Transmedia Structure Part II 3. Inspiring the World to Remember 4. It’s Not War, It’s HBO’s World War II 5. Brutal Games Conclusion: Stories Without End

About the Author

Debra Ramsay teaches and researches in film and media in the UK and is currently a researcher at the University of Glasgow, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Social History
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies