The War Complex: World War II in Our Time

The War Complex: World War II in Our Time

by Marianna Torgovnick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226808564

ISBN-13: 9780226808567

Pub. Date: 05/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Marianna Torgovnick here argues that we have lived, since the end of World War II, under the power of a war complex—a set of repressed ideas and impulses that stems from our unresolved attitudes toward the technological acceleration of mass death. This complex has led to gaps and hesitations in public discourse about atrocities committed during the war itself

Overview

Marianna Torgovnick here argues that we have lived, since the end of World War II, under the power of a war complex—a set of repressed ideas and impulses that stems from our unresolved attitudes toward the technological acceleration of mass death. This complex has led to gaps and hesitations in public discourse about atrocities committed during the war itself. And it remains an enduring wartime consciousness, one most recently animated on September 11.
     Showing how different events from World War II became prominent in American cultural memory while others went forgotten or remain hidden in plain sight, The War Complex moves deftly from war films and historical works to television specials and popular magazines to define the image and influence of World War II in our time. Thinking anew about how we account for war to each other and ourselves, Torgovnick ultimately, and movingly, shows how these anxieties and fears have prepared us to think about September 11 and our current war in Iraq.
     “This book is wide-ranging, moving beyond American matters and authors. As a postmodernist critical approach, it succeeds in contextualizing American reactions to World War II by going deeper than national boundaries and impersonal narration.”—Eric Solomon, American Literature

     “A provoking and ethical book. . . . In an age when information is ephemeral, any book which recovers forgotten history is laudable.”—James Ervin, Rain Taxi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226808567
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: After 9/11
Introduction: Hiding in Plain Sight
1. D-Day
2. Eichmann's Ghost
3. Citizens of the Holocaust: The Vernacular of Growing Up after World War II
4. Unexploded Bombs
5. "They are ever returning to us, the dead": The Novels of W. G. Sebald
Conclusion: Toward an Ethics of Identification
Afterword
Notes
Index

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