Going Scapegoat: Post-9/11 War Literature, Language and Culture

Going Scapegoat Post War Literature Language and Culture Since war literature has become a key element in American popular culture spurring critical debate about depictions of combat Who can write war literature When can they do it This book presents

  • Title: Going Scapegoat: Post-9/11 War Literature, Language and Culture
  • Author: David Buchanan
  • ISBN: 9781476666587
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since 9 11, war literature has become a key element in American popular culture, spurring critical debate about depictions of combat Who can write war literature When can they do it This book presents a new way to closely read war narratives, questioning the idea of combat gnosticism the belief that the experience of war is impossible to communicate to those who haveSince 9 11, war literature has become a key element in American popular culture, spurring critical debate about depictions of combat Who can write war literature When can they do it This book presents a new way to closely read war narratives, questioning the idea of combat gnosticism the belief that the experience of war is impossible to communicate to those who have not seen it that has dominated the discussion Adapting Kenneth Burke s scapegoat mechanism to the criticism of literature and film, the author examines three novels from 2012 Ben Fountain s Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk, David Abrams s FOBBIT and Kevin Powers The Yellow Birds that represent the U.S military responses to 9 11.

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    1. David Buchanan opens "Going Scapegoat" with a story about getting warned when setting off from a very secure American base on a very safe trip to downtown Riyadh "not to get scalped by no Injuns." This story sets in motion his examination of scapegoating mechanisms in post-9/11 literary and cultural discourse, as well a critique of "combat gnosticism," the idea that only those who have directly experienced a particular kind of combat have the authority to write about war--civilians and support t [...]

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