Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hero at war and survivor at home: The evolving image of the American war hero in Iraq and Afghanistan war films
by Rehm, David, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 138; 1597788
Abstract (Summary)

Media and culture are interrelated, which shapes what is culturally relevant. War films reflect a culture’s view on war as well as the viability of a culture’s mythology of war. Grounded in the concepts of war myth and genre, this thesis takes the stance that the Iraq and Afghanistan War film genre transforms the image of the American warrior. Iraq and Afghanistan War films, specifically The Hurt Locker, Green Zone, Lone Survivor, and American Sniper illuminate the destructive reality of war and the humanness of the warrior hero. They reaffirm the warrior’s heroism and sacrifice while also acknowledging war as damaging to the warrior’s psyches, hearts, minds, and bodies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Downey, Sharon
Commitee: Asenas, Jennifer, Heyse, Amy L.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Mass communications, Military studies, Film studies
Keywords: Afghanistan war, Iraq war, Mass media, War films, War mythology, War rhetoric
Publication Number: 1597788
ISBN: 9781339012766
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