Volume 5 Issue 1 - War and the Body: Cultural and Military Practices

Cover date: 

Jun 2012

Guest-edited by Sarah Maltby and Kevin McSorley

An earlier issue of this journal, ‘The Body at War: Wounds, Wounding and the Wounded’ noted that ‘the centrality of the wounded body to war demands that we continue to make it the focus of scholarly enquiry’ (2008: 121). This issue takes up that call and revisits the crucial subject of war and the body, building upon the previous work developed in the pages of this journal and elsewhere. The aim here is not specifically to examine further the act and idiom of wounding, but rather to illuminate and explore some of the multiple modes of embodiment and disembodiment through which political, social and cultural worlds are enacted and contested in conflict and post-conflict societies.

Articles included are:

  • Robert Burgoyne, ‘Embodiment in the War Film: Paradise Now and The Hurt Locker’
  • Małgorzata Sokołowska-Paryż, ‘The naked male body in the war film’
  • Sarah Maltby and Helen Thornham, ‘The dis/embodiment of persuasive military discourse’
  • Kevin McSorley, ‘Helmetcams, Militarized Sensation and “Somatic War”’
  • Jackie Leach Scully and Rachel Woodward, ‘Naming the unknown of Fromelles: DNA profiling, ethics and the identification of First World War bodies’
  • Adrienne M. Harris, ‘Memorializations of a martyr and her mutilated bodies: public monuments to Soviet war hero Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, 1942 to the present’
  • Lucy Robinson, ‘Explanations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Falklands Memoirs: the fragmented self and the collective body’
  • Sarah Maltby, Steve Pratt and Jill Gibbon, ‘The War and the Body Exhibition: showing, sharing, shaping’.
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