Militarized Manhood: Shattered Images and the Trauma of War

Drucilla Cornell

in Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230129
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235124 | DOI:
Militarized Manhood: Shattered Images             and the Trauma of War

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This chapter analyzes the films The Outlaw of Josey Wales (1976), Firefox (1982), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). It argues that in Eastwood's model, the war is no benefit to men but only a nightmarish reality from which they can never escape and before which they fall silent. War is no longer portrayed as what makes a man “a man,” but rather as what can shatter him, leaving him in the isolation of one who can never relate to others the horrible reality of living in the chaos of the battlefield.

Keywords: Clint Eastwood; masculinity; war films; The Outlaw of Josey Wales; Firefox; Heartbreak Ridge; Flags of Our Fathers; Letters from Iwo Jima

Chapter.  13696 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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