Hollywood Remembrance and American War addresses the synergy between Hollywood war films and American forms of war remembrance. Subjecting the notion that war films ought to be considered ʻthe war memorials of today’ to critical scrutiny, the book develops a theoretical understanding of how Hollywood war films, as rhetorical sites of remembering and memory, reflect, replicate and resist American modes of remembrance.
The authors first develop the framework for, and elaborate on, the co-evolution of Hollywood war cinema and American war memorialization in the historical, political and ideological terms of remembrance, and the parallel synergic relationship between the aesthetic and industrial status of Hollywood war cinema and the remembering of American war on film. The chapters then move to analysis of Hollywood war films – covering The Great War, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, The Cold War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – and critically scrutinize the terms upon which a film could be considered a memorial to the war it represents.
Bringing together the fields of film studies and memory studies, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in not just these areas but those in the fields of history, media and cultural studies more broadly, too.
Table of Contents
1. Hollywood Remembrance and American War
2. Their War, Our War: Private Memory and Public Commemoration in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
3. Lions for Lambs: Ambivalent Memorialization and Melodrama
Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
4. Hysterical Colonels and Kernels: Apocalypse Now Redux and Ápres Coup Remembering
5. Dr. Strangelove: MAD Clowns and Phantom Memorialization
Andrew Rayment, Ywain Tomos and Paul Nadasdy
6. "A Quiet Day at the Front": Realism as an Act of Memorialization in Cease Fire
7. The Thin Red Line: The Hero’s Desire to be More Realized
Paul Nadasdy and Andrew Rayment
8. The Abyss of the "Other": Wounded Memory and the Negative Exception in Letters from Iwo Jima
Christopher J. Ramsbottom-Isherwood
9. The Living Memorial: War Horse and the Horse Crux
Andrew Rayment and Paul Nadasdy
Andrew Rayment is Associate Professor of Anglophone Culture at Chiba University, Japan. His research explores the intersection between popular genres of literature / film and ideology within a psychoanalytical paradigm. He is the author of Fantasy, Politics, Postmodernity: Pratchett, Pullman, Miéville and Stories of the Eye.
Paul Nadasdy is Associate Professor and Lecturer of English at Tokyo Denki University, Japan. He is the author of several academic papers relating to a range of topics within the fields of linguistics and film studies.