Specters of War: Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict

3.5 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780813553979: Specters of War: Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Specters of War looks at the way war has been brought to the screen in various genres and at different historical moments throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Elisabeth Bronfen asserts that Hollywood has emerged as a place where national narratives are created and circulated so that audiences can engage with fantasies, ideologies, and anxieties that take hold at a given time, only to change with the political climate.

Such cultural reflection is particularly poignant when it deals with America’s traumatic history of war. The nation has no direct access to war as a horrific experience of carnage and human destruction; we understand our relation to it through images and narratives that transmit and interpret it for us. Bronfen does not discuss actual conflicts but the films by which we have come to know and remember them, including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Best Years of Our Lives, Miracle at St. Anna, The Deer Hunter, and Flags of Our Fathers. Battles and campaigns, the home front and women-who-wait narratives, war correspondents, and court martials are also explored as instruments of cultural memory. Bronfen argues that we are haunted by past wars and by cinematic re-conceptualizations of them, and reveals a national iconography of redemptive violence from which we seem unable to escape.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

ELISABETH BRONFEN is a professor of English and American studies at the University of Zurich. She is the author of Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic; The Knotted Subject: Hysteria and its Discontents; and Home in Hollywood: The Imaginary Geography of Cinema.

Review:

"In this accessible volume, Bronfen does a remarkable job of locating the point at which filmed representations of modem warfare intersect with popular culture. Recommended."
(Choice 2013-05-01)

"...a thoughful addition to the literature of cinema and war. Spectars of War is clearly structured and stylishly written."
(Journal of American History 2013-09-01)

"In Elisabeth Bronfen's important new book, war is remembered through genre, with combat and its aftermath leaving an imprint on a startling range of films. Nowhere has the impact of war on cultural life been more vividly defined." (Robert Burgoyne author of The Hollywood Historical Film 2012-05-29)

"Ranging from Griffith to Eastwood, Bronfen's meticulous readings discern where film and history bear decisively upon each other. Informative and unsettling, composed and written with unsparing force and clarity, Specters of War is a compelling and enduring contribution to film studies."
(Tom Conley author of An Errant Eye 2012-05-30)

"In this aerial reconnaissance of an entire century's filmmaking, Bronfen's high-powered lens examines both obvious battle zones and camouflaged violence in various psychic deflections. Movingly, and with rare command, mission accomplished." (Garrett Stewart author of Framed Time: Toward a Postfilmic Cinema 2012-02-08)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Bronfen, Elisabeth
Published by Rutgers University Press
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0813553970

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Elisabeth Bronfen
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Seller Inventory # 97808135539790000000

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Elisabeth Bronfen
Published by Rutgers University Press, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press, United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Specters of War looks at the way war has been brought to the screen in various genres and at different historical moments throughout the twentieth century. Elisabeth Bronfen asserts that Hollywood has emerged as a place where national narratives are created and circulated so that audiences can engage with fantasies, ideologies, and anxieties that take hold at a given time, only to change with the political climate.Such cultural reflection is particuarly poignant when it deals with America s traumatic history of war. The nation has no direct access to war as a horrific experience of carnage and human destruction; we understand our relation to it through images and narratives that transmit and interpret it for us. Bronfen does not discuss actual conflicts but the films by which we have come to know and remember them, including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Best Years of Our Lives, Miracle at St. Anna, The Deer Hunter and Flags of Our Fathers. Battles and campaigns, the home front and women-who-wait narratives, war correspondents, and court martials are also explored as instruments of cultural memory. Bronfen argues that we are haunted by past wars and by cinematic re-conceptualizations of them and reveals a national iconography of redemptive violence from which we seem unable to escape. Seller Inventory # AAN9780813553979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Bronfen, Elisabeth
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780813553979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Elisabeth Bronfen
Published by Rutgers University Press, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press, United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Specters of War looks at the way war has been brought to the screen in various genres and at different historical moments throughout the twentieth century. Elisabeth Bronfen asserts that Hollywood has emerged as a place where national narratives are created and circulated so that audiences can engage with fantasies, ideologies, and anxieties that take hold at a given time, only to change with the political climate.Such cultural reflection is particuarly poignant when it deals with America s traumatic history of war. The nation has no direct access to war as a horrific experience of carnage and human destruction; we understand our relation to it through images and narratives that transmit and interpret it for us. Bronfen does not discuss actual conflicts but the films by which we have come to know and remember them, including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Best Years of Our Lives, Miracle at St. Anna, The Deer Hunter and Flags of Our Fathers. Battles and campaigns, the home front and women-who-wait narratives, war correspondents, and court martials are also explored as instruments of cultural memory. Bronfen argues that we are haunted by past wars and by cinematic re-conceptualizations of them and reveals a national iconography of redemptive violence from which we seem unable to escape. Seller Inventory # AAN9780813553979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Bronfen, Elisabeth
Published by Rutgers University Press 10/3/2012 (2012)
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press 10/3/2012, 2012. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Specters of War: Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780813553979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Elisabeth Bronfen
Published by Rutgers University Press
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780813553979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.71
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Bronfen, Elisabeth
Published by Rutgers University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0813553970

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Bronfen, Elisabeth
Published by Rutgers University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # CE-9780813553979

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.59
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Bronfen, Elisabeth
Published by Rutgers University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0813553970 ISBN 13: 9780813553979
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0813553970

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book