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- DescriptionMarianna Torgovnick here argues that we have lived, since the end of World War II, under the power of a war complex - a set of repressed ideas and impulses that stems from our unresolved attitudes toward the techlogical acceleration of mass death. This complex has led to gaps and hesitations in public discourse about atrocities committed during the war itself. And it remains an enduring wartime consciousness, one most recently animated on September 11.Showing how different events from World War II became prominent in American cultural memory while others went forgotten or remain hidden in plain sight, The War Complex moves deftly from war films and historical works to television specials and popular magazines to define the image and influence of World War II in our time. Thinking anew about how we account for war to each other and ourselves, Torgovnick ultimately, and movingly, shows how these anxieties and fears have prepared us to think about September 11 and our current war in Iraq.
- Author BiographyMarianna Torgovnick is professor of English at Duke University and director of Duke's New York Program in Arts and Media. She is the author of numerous works, including Primitive Passions: Men, Women, and the Quest for Ecstasy; Gone Primitive: Modern Intellects, Savage Lives; and Crossing Ocean Parkway, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
- Author(s)Marianna Torgovnick
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication06/06/2008
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note8 halftones
- Weight326 g
- Width146 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine17 mm
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