Lessons from Sarajevo
A War Stories Primer
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Table of Contents
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This is not a book about war. It is, in point of fact, a book written by someone who doesnât know a thing about war. When I teach my War Sto-ries class at the University of Massachusettsâas I have now for ten years runningâstarting with a similar caveat is a matter of clarity, as well as courtesy. I often have a few vets in the room, and usually students with ...
1. Case Study: Of Phantom Nations
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A man is not his brain, or any one part of it, but all of his economy, and [. . .] In 1866, after his Civil War service as a surgeon at Turnerâs Lane Hospital in Philadelphia, the neurologist and novelist S. Weir Mitchell published his first work of fiction in the Atlantic Monthly. This short story, âThe Case of George Dedlow,â is generally credited today as the first description in ...
2. Thesis: The Crime of the Scene
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Were there time, it would be worthwhile to consider the style (if one can call it that) of these books, which resemble each other in many respects. In their composition as in their language, they proceed always by aï¬rmative accu-mulation, never, or hardly ever, by argumentation [. . .] They hammer at an idea, supporting it with whatever might seem to fit, without any analysis, ...
3. Victims: The Talking Dead
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Do dreams oï¬er lessons? Do nightmares have themes, do we awaken and analyze them and live our lives and advise others as a result? Can the foot soldier teach anything important about war, merely for having been there? Let me begin by clearing up several possible misconceptions. A critique of the sentimental tradition in war representation does not mean that ...
4. Observers: The Real War and the Books
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The question was never [how] to get away from facts but [how to get] closer to them, not fighting empiricism but, on the contrary, renewing empiricism.In one of the most quoted phrases from Whitmanâs Civil War notebooks, our national poet remarks that âthe real war will never get into the books.â More recently, one of the legends of French documentary cinema made ...
5. Aggressors: The Beast is Back
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The people were divided into the persecuted and those who persecuted them. That wild beast, which lives in man and does not dare to show itself until the barriers of law and custom have been removed, was now set free. The signal was given, the barriers were down. As has so often happened in the history of man, permission was tacitly granted for acts of violence and ...
Conclusion: Bringing the Stories Home
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The end of history [. . .] has been for the last half-century a technical possi-bility. The potential self-destruction of the human kind, in itself a turning point in history, has aï¬ected and will aï¬ect the life and the fragmented memories, respectively, of all future and past generationsâincluding those âthat are past ten thousand years backwards or forwards,â as Aristotle wrote ...
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Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 16 illus.
Publication Year: 2013