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    War and whiteness

    Luckhurst, Roger (2021) War and whiteness. In: Haytock, J. (ed.) War and American Literature. Themes in American Literature and Culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 315-329. ISBN 9781108496803.

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    War and ritualized violence might be intrinsic to certain dominant cultural formations of American whiteness, but to make that whiteness visible in war and its literature may mean having to adjust critical and historical approaches so that the racial frame shifts from (invisible) ground to (visible) figure. Many studies have attended to minorities’ participation in US wars, but this has not been able to displace the sense that the representative experience of the “universal” soldier or the traumatized veteran has been implicitly coded as white in American culture. With particular attention to Kevin Powers’s The Yellow Birds, this essay attends to whiteness and how it shapes representations of war and soldiers, particularly in their current, trauma-infused identity.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Roger Luckhurst
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 11:23
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:50


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