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Going Scapegoat: Post-9/11 War Literature, Language and Culture
Since 9/11, war literature has become a key element in American popular culture, spurring critical debate about depictions of combat--Who can write war literature? When can they do it? This book presents a new way to closely read war narratives, questioning the idea of "combat gnosticism"--the belief that the experience of war is impossible to communicate to those who have ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 9th 2016 by McFarland & Company
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David Buchanan opens "Going Scapegoat" with a story about getting warned when setting off from a very secure American base on a very safe trip to downtown Riyadh "not to get scalped by no Injuns." This story sets in motion his examination of scapegoating mechanisms in post-9/11 literary and cultural discourse, as well a critique of "combat gnosticism," the idea that only those who have directly experienced a particular kind of combat have the authority to write about war--civilians and support t ...more