Militarism and Melodrama: The Cultural Work of Combat Death

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Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
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Titre
Militarism and Melodrama: The Cultural Work of Combat Death
Périodique
Anglia. Journal of English Philology / Zeitschrift für englische Philologie
Auteur(s)
Soltysik Monnet A.
ISSN
1865-8938 (Online)
ISSN-L
0340-5222 (Print)
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
08/2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
132
Numéro
2
Pages
352-368
Langue
anglais
Résumé
This essay examines the role of melodrama in the American war film, focusing on three post-WWII examples. The main argument centers on the natural alliance between melodrama and militarism based on a shared intolerance for the notion of death as meaningless and in vain. Both melodrama and military ideology employ elaborate rhetorical and narrative strategies to enfold deaths into larger systems of meaning, such as the nation, or in more personal terms, as a rite of passage. One of the most common narrative devices present in the military melodrama is the death that converts survivors to the values of the virtuous victim. The essay examines the shared conventions and different strategies of the following three films: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Platoon (1986), and Top Gun (1986).
Mots-clé
melodrama, militarism, war film, civil religion,, Sands of Iwo Jima, Top Gun, Platoon
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