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Title: The Trauma Hero and the Lost War: World War II, American Literature, and the Politics of Trauma, 1945-1975
Authors: Scranton, Roy William
Advisors: Stewart, Susan
DiBattista, Maria
Contributors: English Department
Keywords: Hero
James Jones
Kenneth Koch
Trauma
Wallace Stevens
World War II
Subjects: American literature
American studies
Literature
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: The Trauma Hero and the Lost War: World War II, American Literature, and the Politics of Trauma, 1945–1975 investigates the canonical dominance of trauma narratives in American literary representations of World War II, and works to understand the problem of the hero in American World War II literature as a question of the role of metaphor in wartime political imaginaries. Among the issues I consider are the trauma hero in war literature, the metaphor of the hero in Wallace Stevens and James Jones, representations of bomber crews as sacrificial victims in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and the poetry of Randall Jarrell, and the rejection of heroism in the comic poetry of Kenneth Koch.
URI: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp015712m8937
Alternate format: The Mudd Manuscript Library retains one bound copy of each dissertation. Search for these copies in the library's main catalog: http://catalog.princeton.edu/
Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:English

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