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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.
|List of plates|
|Preface and acknowledgments|
|1||Introduction: a twentieth-century American odyssey||1|
|2||Listening to Thersites||12|
|3||Achilles and the heroic ideal||34|
|4||Clearchus' story: the heroic ideal transformed||55|
|5||Penelope and waiting wives and lovers||79|
|6||War, violence, and the Other||101|
|7||The historiography and language of violence||124|
|8||Remembrance, rhetoric, and memory||143|
|9||The visibly dead: monuments and their meaning||165|
|10||The unanchored dead: mental cases and walking wounded||184|