The Resource Waging war on war : peacefighting in American literature, Giorgio Mariani

Waging war on war : peacefighting in American literature, Giorgio Mariani

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Waging war on war : peacefighting in American literature
Title
Waging war on war
Title remainder
peacefighting in American literature
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Giorgio Mariani
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eng
Summary
  • "The notion that war plays a fundamental role in the United States' idea of itself obscures the rich--and by no means nai;ve--seam of anti-war thinking that winds through American culture. Non-violent resistance, far from being a philosophy of passive dreamers, instead embodies Ralph Waldo Emerson's belief that peace "can never be defended, never be executed, by cowards." Giorgio Mariani rigorously engages with the essential question of what makes a text explicitly anti-war. Ranging from Emerson and Joel Barlow to Maxine Hong Kingston and Tim O'Brien, Waging War on War explores why sustained attempts at identifying the anti-war text's formal and philosophical features seem to always end at an impasse. Mariani moves a step beyond to construct a theoretical model that invites new inquiries into America's nonviolent, nonconformist tradition even as it challenges the ways we study U.S. warmaking and the cultural reactions to it. In the process, he shows how the ideal of nonviolence and a dislike of war have been significant, if nonhegemonic, features of American culture since the nation's early days. Ambitious and nuanced, Waging War on War at last defines anti-war literature while exploring the genre's role in an assertive peacefighting project that offered--and still offers--alternatives to violence"--
  • "While war is considered to play a fundamental role in the United States' conception of itself, American war literature is usually read as being anti-war. This is to a large extent a fate shared by all modern war literature, which is seen as engaged almost by default in a critique of the madness and meaninglessness of military conflict. However, rigorous discussions of what exactly makes a text anti-war are rare. Even though anti-war literature is sometimes considered a literary genre of its own, no sustained attempts at identifying its formal or philosophical features have been made. This book argues that there are objective reasons for this impasse and discusses an impressive and well-chosen range of texts: Joel Barlow's The Columbiad, Melville's Moby-Dick, Ellen La Motte's The Backwash of War, William Faulkner's A Fable, Tim O'Brien's 'How To Tell A True War Story', Maxine Hong Kingston's The Fifth Book of Peace, poetry by Brian Turner and Helen Benedict's Sand Queen"--
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1954-
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Mariani, Giorgio
Dewey number
810.9/358
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS 169 .W27 M37 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Global studies of the United States
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  • American literature
  • War and literature
  • Peace in literature
  • Peace movements in literature
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • American literature
  • Peace in literature
  • Peace movements in literature
  • War and literature
  • United States
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Waging war on war : peacefighting in American literature, Giorgio Mariani
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxi, 268 pages
Isbn
9780252039751
Lccn
2015020401
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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  • (OCoLC)907966177
  • (OCoLC)ocn907966177
Label
Waging war on war : peacefighting in American literature, Giorgio Mariani
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xxi, 268 pages
Isbn
9780252039751
Lccn
2015020401
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)907966177
  • (OCoLC)ocn907966177

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