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Male armor [electronic resource] : the soldier-hero in contemporary American culture / Jon Robert Adams.

By: Adams, Jon Robert, 1968-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Cultural frames, framing culture: Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2008Description: 1 online resource (xi, 160 p.).ISBN: 9780813933979 (electronic bk.); 0813933978 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Men -- United States | Masculinity -- United States | War in literature | Masculinity in literature | Krieg <Motiv> | M�annlichkeit <Motiv> | Literatur | Soldat <Motiv> | USA | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Men's StudiesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Male armor.DDC classification: 305.310973 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction : soldier's heart -- "The great general was a has-been" : the World War II hero in 1950s conformist culture -- The bridge to Vietnam : the war story and AWOL masculinity -- Envelope, please : the metonymic male -- Winning this time : the war that wasn't -- Conclusion : time warp.
Review: "In Male Armor, Jon Robert Adams examines the ways in which novels, plays, and films about America's late-twentieth-century wars reflect altering perceptions of masculinity in the culture at large. He highlights the gap between the cultural conception of masculinity and the individual experience of it, and exposes the myth of war as an experience that verifies manhood." "Drawing on a wide range of work, from the war novels of Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, James Jones, and Joseph Heller to David Rabe's play Streamers and Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, Adams examines the evolving image of the soldier from World War I to Operation Desert Storm. In discussing these changing perceptions of masculinity, he reveals how works about war in the late twentieth century attempt to eradicate inconsistencies among American civilian conceptions of war, the military's expectations of the soldier, and the soldier's experience of combat. Adams argues that these inconsistencies are largely responsible not only for continuing support of the war enterprise but also for the soldiers' difficulty in reintegration to civilian society upon their return."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 143-151) and index.

Introduction : soldier's heart -- "The great general was a has-been" : the World War II hero in 1950s conformist culture -- The bridge to Vietnam : the war story and AWOL masculinity -- Envelope, please : the metonymic male -- Winning this time : the war that wasn't -- Conclusion : time warp.

"In Male Armor, Jon Robert Adams examines the ways in which novels, plays, and films about America's late-twentieth-century wars reflect altering perceptions of masculinity in the culture at large. He highlights the gap between the cultural conception of masculinity and the individual experience of it, and exposes the myth of war as an experience that verifies manhood." "Drawing on a wide range of work, from the war novels of Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, James Jones, and Joseph Heller to David Rabe's play Streamers and Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, Adams examines the evolving image of the soldier from World War I to Operation Desert Storm. In discussing these changing perceptions of masculinity, he reveals how works about war in the late twentieth century attempt to eradicate inconsistencies among American civilian conceptions of war, the military's expectations of the soldier, and the soldier's experience of combat. Adams argues that these inconsistencies are largely responsible not only for continuing support of the war enterprise but also for the soldiers' difficulty in reintegration to civilian society upon their return."--Jacket.

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