The Mourner's Song: War and Remembrance from the Iliad to Vietnam / Edition 1

The Mourner's Song: War and Remembrance from the Iliad to Vietnam / Edition 1

by James Tatum
     
 

No matter when or where they are fought, all wars have one thing in common: an aftermath marked by monuments and memorials for the dead. In turn, mourning and remembrance are fundamental to wartime art. In The Mourner's Song, James Tatum offers incisive discussions of physical and literary memorials constructed in the wake of war, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to… See more details below

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No matter when or where they are fought, all wars have one thing in common: an aftermath marked by monuments and memorials for the dead. In turn, mourning and remembrance are fundamental to wartime art. In The Mourner's Song, James Tatum offers incisive discussions of physical and literary memorials constructed in the wake of war, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the writings of Stephen Crane, Edmund Wilson, Tim O'Brien, and Robert Lowell. Reading the Iliad alongside such works, Tatum reveals how the forms and processes of art memorialize the grief, loss, and hunger for remembrance that war inspires. Photographs of war memorials in the United States, Europe, and Vietnam elegantly augment his testimonials.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226789941
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
A Note on Reading Homer
1Mourners and Monuments1
2The Daughters Of Memory33
3Rage For Order49
4The Words Of The Sea81
5The Companion Seen But Not Heard96
6The Poetry Is In The Killing116
7The Fire From Hephaestus136
8Toward The Autumn Night Of Oguma Hideo158
Notes177
Bibliography193
Catalogue of the Muses203
Index207

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