Unconventional Warriors: The Fantasy of the American Resistance Fighter in Television and Film, 1st Edition

  • Matthew B. Hill
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  • ISBN-10: 1440835055
  • ISBN-13: 9781440835056
  • DDC: 791.43
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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American guerrillas fight small-scale battles that, despite their implications for large-scale American victories, often go untold. This book evaluates those stories to illumine the ways in which film and television have created, reinforced, and circulated an "American Guerrilla" fantasy--a mythic narrative in which Americans, despite having the most powerful military in history, are presented as underdog resistance fighters against an overwhelming and superior occupying evil. This book explains that this fantasy has occupied the center of numerous war films and in turn shaped the way in which Americans see those wars and themselves. Informed by the author's expertise on war in contemporary literature and popular culture, this book begins with an introduction that outlines the basics of the "American Guerrilla" narrative and identifies it as a recurring theme in American war films. Subsequent chapters cover one hundred years of American "guerrillas" in film and television. The book concludes with a chapter on science fiction narratives, illustrating how the conventions and politics of these stories shape even the representation of wholly fictional, imagined wars on screen.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
1: The Indian Fighters on Screen.
2: Imagining Revolutionaries: The American Revolution in Film and Television.
3: “Honorable” Outlaws: The American Guerilla in Civil War Films.
4: Global Freedom Fighters: American Resistance Fighters in World War II Films.
5: Becoming Charlie: Appropriating the Guerilla and the Legacy of the War in Viet Nam.
6: Fantasy Wars, Guerilla Fantasies.
About the Author.