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Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature

Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature

by Roy Scranton

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226637310
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 08/09/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Roy Scranton is assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization, We’re Doomed. Now What? Essays on War and Climate Change, and two novels, War Porn and I Heart Oklahoma!

Table of Contents

List of FiguresIntroduction: A True War Story

Chapter 1: The Bomber
The Bomber Lyric
The Bomber as Scapegoat: Randall Jarrell’s “Eighth Air Force”
Atrocity Aesthetics: James Dickey’s “The Firebombing”
Agency and Death
Chapter 2: Repetitions of a Hero
The Negro Hero and the Nation within a Nation
The Hero as Social Media: The Caine Mutiny
Participating in the Heroic: Wallace Stevens and the Poetry of War
The Reality of the Modern State: The Thin Red Line
Chapter 3: War as Comedy
Zany Dialectics: “Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips”
The Education of a War Poet: Kenneth Koch at War
Barbaric Poetry: From Okinawa to the Cold War
Encoding War: “Sun Out” and “The Islands”
Chapter 4: Total War and Historical Time
War as Origin Myth: Joan Didion’s Run River
War as a Promise to the Future: “Letter from Paradise, 21° 19′ N., 157° 52′ W.”
The Hanged Man and the Military-Industrial Complex: The Young Lions and Gravity’s Rainbow
One World, One War: The Great War and Modern Memory
War as Fantasy: Star Wars
Chapter 5: The Trauma Hero
Combat Gnosticism from Clausewitz to The Yellow Birds
Traumatic Revelation
“The Good War” and Postmodern Memory
Conclusion: Nothing Is Over
Works Cited