From Melos to My Lai: War and Survival

From Melos to My Lai: War and Survival

by Lawrence A. Tritle, Tritle Lawrence
     
 

From Melos to My Lai presents an erudite, provocative and moving analysis of the accounts of violence in the literature and history of ancient Greece and in the film literature and veterans' accounts of the Vietnam War. This comparative investigation examines the nature of violence, its impact on society and culture, especially as reflected from the

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From Melos to My Lai presents an erudite, provocative and moving analysis of the accounts of violence in the literature and history of ancient Greece and in the film literature and veterans' accounts of the Vietnam War. This comparative investigation examines the nature of violence, its impact on society and culture, especially as reflected from the perspective of the survivors. The survivors include not only actual combatants, but those with whom they interact: their comrades, their wives and children, families and society as a whole.
From Melos to My Lai provides a unique contribution to the study of the impact of violence on its participants and its audience which combines an examination of the artistic representations of violence and the real-life accounts of those involved in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415217576
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface and acknowledgments
1Introduction: a twentieth-century American odyssey1
2Listening to Thersites12
3Achilles and the heroic ideal34
4Clearchus' story: the heroic ideal transformed55
5Penelope and waiting wives and lovers79
6War, violence, and the Other101
7The historiography and language of violence124
8Remembrance, rhetoric, and memory143
9The visibly dead: monuments and their meaning165
10The unanchored dead: mental cases and walking wounded184
11Afterword199
Bibliography202
Index215

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