From Satire to Sentiment: The Shift from Social Criticism to Realism in Four American War Movies Around 9/11

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From Satire to Sentiment: The Shift from Social Criticism to Realism in Four American War Movies Around 9/11

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: From Satire to Sentiment: The Shift from Social Criticism to Realism in Four American War Movies Around 9/11
Author: Pleij, Ben
Issue Date: 2014-08-31
Keywords: 911 america war movies films thematic shift satire iraq propaganda
Abstract: This thesis examines how the treatment and representation of warfare and war culture have changed in US war movies after 9/11, compared to those made a decade earlier. It focusses on the role that 9/11 had on the thematic content of four war movies; two made before the event and two after it. In the pre-9/11 decade the US made a number of foreign policy decisions which strengthened its cinematic representation as a conqueror. However, that attitude regarding warfare was also highly criticized in some 1990s films. This thesis argues that before 9/11, some directors were critical of increased militarism and war culture in the US and were able to voice such criticism in satirical movies, and that this changed after 9/11. Several trends become visible after the event: an apparent absence of war movies in the first few years after 9/11, an increase in war documentaries, and a shift occurring around 2009, when war movies stressed the emotional consequences and suffering caused by war. It also examines the role of 9/11 on American cinema culture in the months after the event.
Supervisor: Polak, S.A.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Engelse Taal en Cultuur (Bachelor)
Specialisation: BA English Language and Culture
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/29868
 

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