Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts by Sherrill E. Grace, Patrick Imbert, Tiffany Johnstone

By Sherrill E. Grace, Patrick Imbert, Tiffany Johnstone

As the centenary of the nice warfare methods, voters around the globe are reflecting at the historical past, trauma, and losses of a war-torn 20th century. it's in remembering previous wars that we're immediately faced with the profound horror and pain of armed clash and the expanding elusiveness of peace. The participants to Bearing Witness don't presume to solve those troubling questions, yet galvanize new types of mirrored image. They discover literature, the humanities, historical past, language, and pop culture to maneuver past the language of rhetoric and commemoration supplied via politicians and the army. including nuance to discussions of battle and peace, this assortment probes the knowledge and perception created within the works of musicians, dramatists, poets, painters, photographers, and novelists, to supply a posh view of the ways that battle is waged, witnessed, and remembered. A compelling and informative assortment, Bearing Witness sheds new gentle at the impression of warfare and the facility of soreness, heroism and reminiscence, to show the human roots of violence and compassion. individuals comprise Heribert Adam (Simon Fraser University), Laura Brandon (Carleton University), Mireille Calle-Gruber (Université l. a. Sorbonne Nouvelle), Janet Danielson (Simon Fraser University), Sandra Djwa (emeritus, Simon Fraser University), Alan Filewod (University of Guelph), Sherrill Grace (University of British Columbia), Patrick Imbert (University of Ottawa), Tiffany Johnstone (PhD Candidate, college of British Columbia), Martin Löschnigg (Graz University), Lauren Lydic (PhD, collage of Toronto), Conny Steenman Marcusse (Netherlands), Jonathan Vance (University of Western Ontario), Aritha van Herk (University of Calgary), Peter C. van Wyck (Concordia University), Christl Verduyn (Mount Allison University), and Anne Wheeler (filmmaker).

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In each essay, to varying degrees, the writers also examine the phenomenon of othering, the subtle or blunt ways in which one group of people designates another group – those not like them, those to be attacked or eliminated – as less than human, as the enemy, as Other. And finally, all these essays speak to each other; they establish a conversation across disciplinary divides which the editors hope will include readers, and they do this by collectively embracing an interdisciplinary scope and methodology.

6 Adult warplay includes computer and video gaming, fan-culture roleplay, and historical military reenactment (whether amateur, commemorative, or industrial). These practices are related in a cultural field marked by simulation of combat, masculinist achievement, and adherence to regimes of authenticity. We live in a dense cultural environment of warplay practices that are so common as to be almost invisible, and we are habituated to the replayed images of war entertainment. They saturate our movie, television, and computer screens to the point that many people understand war as the principle marker of historical periodization.

15 But no-one reenacts the actual victims of modern war: raped women, tortured child soldiers, murdered children in the rubble of destroyed cities, and the unnamed dead in the mass graves of concentration camps. In warplay, the imagined enemy is always a lawful military target. But the horror of modern war is that she is not. 2 Understanding the Motivation to Enlist j o n a t h a n f. v a n c e Why We Fight was the title given to a seven-part film series commissioned by the US government between 1942 and 1945 as a way to explain to Americans the issues of the Second World War.

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