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Published: 19 January 2017

312 Pages


ISBN: 9780190466664

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The Health of the State

Modern US War Narrative and the American Political Imagination, 1890-1964

Jonathan Vincent

  • Challenges the prevailing conception of the post-World War I literary backlash as a more robust culture of dissent than the writing after World War II.
  • Demonstrates the limitations of cultural histories that assess the "democracy" of representation by an author or text's willingness to count bodies-men and women, white and black participants, generals and privates-for their ability to "stand in" for an identity position. Indeed it marks precisely that gesture as a symptom of the hegemonic and incorporative power of military "inclusion" as a gauge of democratic "visibility" and "recognition."
  • Offers a truly interdisciplinary study conjoining literary interpretation with cultural history and political theory.

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