Hollywood War Machine: U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture / Edition 1

Hollywood War Machine: U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Carl Boggs, Tom Pollard
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594512981

ISBN-13: 9781594512988

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"Opinionated and witty." Terrell Carver, University of Bristol and author of Engels: A Very Short Introduction "A critical cultural chronicle of postwar American political history. Engaging and penetrating." Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois In this unique book, the authors provide a hard-hitting, radical critique of the growing culture of American

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"Opinionated and witty." Terrell Carver, University of Bristol and author of Engels: A Very Short Introduction "A critical cultural chronicle of postwar American political history. Engaging and penetrating." Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois In this unique book, the authors provide a hard-hitting, radical critique of the growing culture of American militarism, focusing on the post-Cold War years. Analyzed in historical context and drawing on a broad mix of theoretical, political, and cultural sources, The Hollywood War Machine explores the U.S. film industry and its deepening impact on the popular and political culture. Through the lens of filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Jonathan Mostrow, Edward Zwick, Tony Scott, and John Woo, the volume deconstructs the narratives and images of nearly 200 combat and war-related movies, along with related consumer fare such as television and video games, in the context of the permanent war economy, security state, recurrent military interventions abroad, and the expansion of U.S. global power. Topics include cinematic representations of terrorism, the return of "good war" motifs, the phenomenon of disguised militarism, the relationship between cinema and technowar, depictions of the Gulf War and the current war in Iraq, and general media spectacles of warfare as well as unique perspectives on films related to World War II, the Cold War, and Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594512988
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface 1 Militarism in American Popular Culture Patriotism as Secular Religion Gun Culture and Civic Violence The Warrior Legacy and Patriarchy Corporate Media: Reservoir of Militarism 2

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