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Men at war : what fiction tells us about conflict, from the Iliad to Catch-22

Author: Christopher Coker
Publisher: London : Hurst & Company, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since Achilles first stormed into our imagination, literature has introduced its readers to truly unforgettable martial characters. In Men at War, Christopher Coker discusses some of the most famous of these fictional creations and their impact on our understanding of war and masculinity. Grouped into five archetypes - warriors, heroes, villains, survivors and victims - these characters range across 3000 years of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Coker
ISBN: 9781849042895 1849042896
OCLC Number: 874926127
Description: ix, 325 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: An absolute truth --
Warriors. Achilles ; Aeneas ; Hadji Murat ; "Lucky Jack" Aubrey ; Vollmer. --
Heroes. Henry Fleming ; Brigadier Gerard ; Bourne ; Robert Jordan ; Malaparte. --
Villains. Colonel Feraud ; Colonel Moredock ; General Cummings ; Dr. Strangelove ; Judge Holden. --
Survivors. Falstaff ; Svejk ; Yossarian ; Kien ; Flashman. --
Victims. Philoctetes ; Colonel Chabert ; Paul Baumer ; Guy Crouchback ; Billy Pilgrim. --
War is kind: a final summing up.
Responsibility: Christopher Coker.

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