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War Films

War Films

An accomplished group of scholars has gathered to write new essays on the representation of war on film for a volume of The Philosophy of Popular Culture series from The University Press of Kentucky.

The University Press of Kentucky
The Philosophy of Popular Culture
Mark Conard, Series Editor

Other volumes in The Philosophy of Popular Culture series:

Barnes & Noble

LaRocca offers a synoptic anthology of essays that brings to our attention how war films can provoke contemplation and meditation because of the ways that such films inevitably focus on the mortality and vulnerability of human beings. The essays, written by an outstanding array of international scholars, work out various ways in which the genre can compel our thinking to become philosophical. This collection of essays constitute a significant contribution to not only the philosophy of the war film, but also to philosophy of film itself.

-- Daniel Flory, Montana State University

This volume offers rich and deeply thought-out consideration of the representation of war on film and of the ways filmic and now digital representation is deeply entangled with how we experience and think about war (up close or at a distance) in actual life. The book reaches back in film history but is especially provocative on war and its representation in the last decade—the situation we are living with now. The essays are fresh and surprising, showing the whole subject of war and film to be far more interesting, complex, and disturbing than in the standard thinking about war genre films that we are used to.

-- Charles Warren, Boston University

War is a pervasive condition, a constitutive part of human experience. The war film genre is extensive and multiform. It is no surprise, then, that war films are provocations to philosophical thought. This important and timely edited collection has an extensive introduction that seeks answers to vital questions: What sort of a phenomenon is a war film? What do we think we mean when we speak of a war film? What are war films for? Can war as such be represented by film? The essays that follow illuminate myriad ethical, aesthetic, epistemological and ontological issues as they related to a broad range of representations of war.

-- Guy Westwell, Queen Mary University of London

The philosophical reflections compiled in this book look at war films from a variety of perspectives. I commend editor David LaRocca for bringing together scholars who each, in different ways, engage the interdisciplinary mission of the inquiry into how war is depicted on screen. What is the philosophy of film, and then, of war films specifically? Do war films harbor a philosophy – of death, violence, love… - or does philosophy enrich the understanding of the cinematic of war? The Philosophy of War Films explores these questions and many more, connecting the reality of war with the art of filmmaking.

-- Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam

Event: Screening & Talk

Johns Hopkins University and the
Maryland Film Festival
present a
Screening and Discussion with
documentary filmmaker
Robert Greenwald

April, 21 2014
7:30 pm
Homewood Campus
Hodson 110


Fredric   JAMESON

Garrett   STEWART

Stacey   PEEBLES

Joshua   GOOCH


Garry L.   HAGBERG


Lawrence F.   RHU

Inger S. B.   BRODEY

Holger   POTZSCH

Andrew   FIALA


Robert   PIPPIN

Elisabeth   BRONFEN


David   LaROCCA

Review: Shepherd Express

“What’s a War Movie Anyway?: Figuring Out the Philosophy of War Films”

David Luhrssen

February, 11 2015