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Destructive Sublime

World War II in American Film and Media

Tanine Allison (author)

ISBN: 9780813597522

Publication Date: May 2018

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Traces a new aesthetic history of the World War II combat genre by looking back at it through the lens of contemporary video games. Tanine Allison locates some of video games' glorification of violence, disruptive audiovisual style, and bodily sensation in even the most canonical and seemingly conservative films of the genre.
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The American popular imagination has long portrayed World War II as the "good war," fought by the "greatest generation" for the sake of freedom and democracy. Yet, combat films and other war media complicate this conventional view by indulging in explosive displays of spectacular violence. Combat sequences, Tanine Allison argues, construct a counter-narrative of World War II by reminding viewers of the war's harsh brutality.

Destructive Sublime traces a new aesthetic history of the World War II combat genre by looking back at it through the lens of contemporary video games like Call of Duty. Allison locates some of video games' glorification of violence, disruptive audiovisual style, and bodily sensation in even the most canonical and seemingly conservative films of the genre. In a series of case studies spanning more than seventy years–from wartime documentaries like The Battle of San Pietro to fictional reenactments like The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan to combat video games like Medal of Honor–this book reveals how the genre's aesthetic forms reflect (and influence) how American culture conceives of war, nation, and representation itself.  

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"A compelling contribution to research on war and representation." 
Illustrations 11 color, 30 b-w
Pages 250
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Date Published 30 May 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series War Culture
Subject/s Media studies   Film theory & criticism   Second World War  
Introduction: A Retrospective Look at the World War II Combat Genre
1    "No Faking Here": The New Authenticity of Wartime Combat Documentaries
2    The "Good War"? Style and Space in 1940s Combat Films
3    Rationalizing War: Reconstructions of World War II During the Cold War and Vietnam
4    Nostalgia for Combat: World War II at the End of Cinema
5    Simulating War on an Algorithmic Playground
Conclusion: A Bad War? The World War II Combat Genre Now 
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index
 
TANINE ALLISON is an assistant professor of film and media studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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