Fighting Fictions

Fighting Fictions : War, Narrative and National Identity

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This text applies theories of contemporary cultural studies to the analysis of wars. The central proposition is that, just as wars produce fictions, so the apprehension and experience of wars themselves - in the real world - are substantially the products of fictions of nationhood, history, race, gender and class. The book offers an analysis of a broad range of war fictions - popular fiction, journals, memoirs, contemporary press coverage, histories and official government reports, as well as photographic, graphic and cinematic treatments - drawn from or reflecting on the conflicts in Vietnam, the two world wars, the Spanish Civil War and the conflicts in the Gulf and the Falklands. It sets out the relations between fiction, myth and ideology in the construction and deconstruction of war.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 28.19mm | 423g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 b&w photographs, notes, bibliography, index
  • 0745309569
  • 9780745309569

Table of contents

Introduction - facts and fictions; homage to the Falklands; recovering the national past; families at war; heroes and survivors; enemy mine; conclusion - "Whither thou goest...".
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About Kevin Foster

Margaret Davies has published several works in legal theory and feminism, including Asking the Question (Sweet and Maxwell, 1994). She is currently senior lecturer in Law at the Flinders University of South Australia.
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