Representing Wars from 1860 to the Present examines representations of war in literature, film, photography, memorials, and the popular press. The volume breaks new ground in cutting across disciplinary boundaries and offering case studies on a wide variety of fields of vision and action, and types of conflict: from civil wars in the USA, Spain, Russia and the Congo to recent western interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the case of World War Two,
Representing Wars emphasises idiosyncratic and non-western perspectives – specifically those of Japanese writers Hayashi and Ooka.
A central concern of the thirteen contributors has been to investigate the ethical and ideological implications of specific representational choices.
Contributors are: Claire Bowen, Catherine Ann Collins, Marie-France Courriol, Éliane Elmaleh, Teresa Gibert, William Gleeson, Catherine Hoffmann, Sandrine Lascaux, Christopher Lloyd, Monica Michlin, Guillaume Muller, Misako Nemoto, Clément Sigalas.
Claire Bowen, Ph.D (1979), Lancaster University, Senior Lecturer in English at Le Havre University, now retired, has published on graphic and photographic representations of modern and contemporary conflicts, especially the First World War.
Catherine Hoffmann, doctorate (1995), Grenoble University, Senior Lecturer in English at Le Havre University, now retired, has published many articles on twentieth century and contemporary English and Irish literature, in France, Britain and the USA (
Style, Dalkey Archive).
Acknowledgements List of Figures List of Contributors
Part 1: The Spectacle of War
Deconstructing the Spectacle of War? Brian de Palma’s
, Nick Broomfield’s
Battle for Haditha
, Paul Haggis’s
In the Valley of Elah
and the Iraq War Monica Michlin 2
The War in Images: The Poetics of Plasticity in Juan Benet’s Herrumbrosas lanzas Sandrine Lascaux and Trans. Claire Bowen 3
The Second World War Seen from the Balcony: Representations of the Spectacle of War in the French Post-War Novel Clément Sigalas
Part 2: At a Distance from War
The “Comic Opera” of the Allied Intervention in Russia: Off-Staging War in William Gerhardie’s Early Novels Catherine Hoffmann 5
Margaret Atwood’s Representation of Modern and Imaginary Warfare Teresa Gibert 6
Memory Keeping and Visual Narratives of Commemoration: Representing Interned Japanese Americans during World War
Part 3: Bringing the War Home
Martha Rosler, an American Artist at War with War Éliane Elmaleh 8
Conflicting Documentary Strategies and Italian Counter-propaganda in the Spanish Civil War Marie-France Courriol 9
Revisiting the Congo’s Forgotten Wars: Jean Lartéguy’s
Les Chimères noires
and the Secession of Katanga Christopher Lloyd 10
“A Boy and His Dog…”: The War in Afghanistan and Storytelling Claire Bowen
Part 4: Experiencing War and Bearing Witness
Aphonic Images: Aurality and Silence in Civil War Photography William Gleeson 12
Profiles of War
by Hayashi Fusao: A Writer’s Approach to War Guillaume Muller 13
Ōoka Shōhei’s Democratization of the Self Misako Nemoto
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Scholars and students in modern languages and literature, film studies, photography, cultural studies. Anyone interested in representations of distant or forgotten conflicts, and neglected aspects of major wars.