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FTT 13182-3: Screening War

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Instructor: Matthew Payne

The military/war/combat genre is a trans-media genre that has been popular for centuries, if not millennia. This university seminar examines the major cinematic, televisual, and ludic representations of real and fictional American military interventions produced in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In particular, we will analyze how military entertainment has been crafted and sold during the late Cold War and post-Cold War eras. The class will pay particular attention to the manner in which post-Vietnam war texts are constructed to produce narrative, visual, and ludic pleasures, contextualize what these pleasures mean for their historical moments of production, and critically interrogate the discourses about who should (or should not) wield lethal military power, and to what end.