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Myth in war fiction
by Langton, John V., Jr., M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2013, 70; 1525021
Abstract (Summary)

Prominent war fiction of the twentieth century features fictional characters from non-fictional conflicts. Protagonists follow the traditional journey of the archetypal warrior hero, but contradictions of war keep them from true adherence to the mythical hero's path. The study will examine prominent war fiction to include The Red Badge of Courage by Crane, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried by O'Brien, The Yellow Birds by Powers, All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque, and Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut. Relying on the works of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Chris Hodges, Mircea Eliade and Arnold van Gennep the study will place specific emphasis on Campbell's work describing the phases of the hero's journey. Analysis will be presented in chapters on (1) the hero's journey, (2) foundation of myth in war fiction, (3) departure, (4) initiation, (5) return.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Lyle E.
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature, Military studies
Keywords: Myth, War fiction, Warrior archetype, battle, combat, hero's journey, mythical, mythology
Publication Number: 1525021
ISBN: 978-1-303-75450-0
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