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Martial Imagination Cultural Aspects of American Warfare

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ISBN-10: 1623490219

ISBN-13: 9781623490218

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jimmy L. Bryan

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Martial experiences and the mythologies that surround them have profoundly affected the ways in which Americans think of themselves. Wars identify the heroes who help define national character, provide the stories for the grand narratives of belonging and sacrifice, and serve as markers for essential moments of transformation.However, only in the last several years have scholars begun using the term "cultural history of American warfare" to identify the study of how public discourse formulates these defining myths and narratives. This volume brings together scholarship from diverse fields in a common mission to demonstrate the usefulness and significance of studying the cultural history of American warfare."The Martial Imagination: Cultural Aspects of American Warfare" canvasses the American war experience from the Revolution to the War on Terror, examining how it infuses legitimacy and conformity with an urgency that contorts ideas of citizenship, nationhood, gender, and other pliable categories. The multidisciplinary scholarship in this volume represents the varied perspectives of cultural history, American studies, literary criticism, war and society, media studies, and public culture analysis, illustrating the rich dialogues that epitomize the cultural history of American warfare.Bringing together both recognized and emerging scholars, this book is the first anthology to feature essays on this topic, comprising research from twelve authors who represent a wide range of experiences and disciplines. Their work uncovers new and surprising understandings of the American war experience that reveal the ways in which culture makers have grappled with the trauma of war, salvaged meaning from the meaningless, or advanced some ulterior agenda.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Editor's Acknowledgments
Militarization and Violence
Militarizing the Menagerie: American Zoos from World War II to the Early Cold War
War and Trauma: Francis Parkman and the Challenge of Writing the Pain of the Other
Agents of Destiny: The Texas Rangers and the Dilemma of the Conquest Narrative
Gender and Ethnicity
A Prison without Bars: Charles Lee and the Society of Gentlemen Prisoners during the American Revolution
From Maiden to Mambisa: Evangelina Cisneros and the Spanish-Cuban-American War of 1898
Reconstructing Warriors: Myth, Meaning, and Multiculturalism in US Army Advertising after Vietnam
Imagination and Emotion
"Remember the Alamo" to "Remember the Maine": The Visual Ideologies of the Mexican and Spanish-American Wars
Virtuous Victims, Visceral Violence: War and Melodrama in American Culture
On Angels' Wings: The Religious Origins of the US Air Force
Foretelling and Forgetting
The Prophecies of Civil War Soldiers: A History of the Future
Randall Wallace's We Were Soldiers: Forgetting the American War in Viet Nam
Marshaling the Imaginary, Imagining the Martial: Or, What Is at Stake in the Cultural Analysis of War?