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Men at war: what fiction tells us about conflict, from the Iliad to Catch-22

Coker, Christopher (2014) Men at war: what fiction tells us about conflict, from the Iliad to Catch-22. . Hurst Publishers, London, UK. ISBN 9781849042895

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Abstract

Since Achilles first stormed into our imagination, literature has introduced its readers to truly unforgettable martial characters. In Men at War Christopher Coker discusses some of the most famous of these fictional creations and their impact on our understanding of war and masculinity. Grouped into five archetypes—warriors, heroes, villains, survivors and victims—these characters range across 3000 years of history, through epic poems, the modern novel and one of the twentieth century’s most famous film scripts. Great authors like Homer and Tolstoy reveal to us aspects of reality invisible except through a literary lens, while fictional characters such as Achilles, Falstaff, Robert Jordan and Jack Aubrey are not just larger than life, they are life’s largeness; and this is why we seek them out. Although the Greeks knew that the lovers, wives and mothers of soldiers are the chief victims of battle, for combatants war is a masculine pursuit. Each of Coker’s chapters explores what fiction tells us about war’s hold on the imagination of young men and the way it makes—and breaks—them. War’s existential appeal is also perhaps best conveyed in fictional accounts, and this too is scrutinised.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.hurstpublishers.com/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 13:06
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 13:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84447

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