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Unexploded Bombs

in The War Complex

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780226808550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226808796 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226808796.003.0005
Unexploded Bombs

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This chapter presents a particular dimension of cultural representation— that of fiction, and especially elite fiction made into popular films—and it begins with two observations. First: if one excludes novels about the Holocaust, there are far fewer important postwar novels written in English about World War II than one might expect. And, second: the recent novels we do have generally sidestep combat, often by using dual settings or dual timeframes that motivate (in the sense of making seem natural) movement to a different place or time and, consequently, displacement onto a different subject.

Keywords: fiction; popular film; Holocaust; postwar novels; World War II; cultural representation

Chapter.  8219 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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