Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331294 Published August 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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A 'Toxic Genre': The Iraq War Films

Martin Barker

A 'Toxic Genre': The Iraq War Films

Martin Barker

Distributed for Pluto Press

216 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331294 Published August 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745331300 Published August 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Over the last five years, a cycle of films has emerged addressing the ongoing Iraq conflict. Some became well-known and one of them, The Hurt Locker, won a string of Oscars. But many others disappeared into obscurity. What is it about these films that led Variety to dub them a 'toxic genre'?

Martin Barker analyses the production and reception of these recent Iraq war films. Among the issues he examines are the borrowing of soldiers’ YouTube styles of self-representation to generate an ‘authentic’ Iraq experience, and how they take refuge in ‘apolitical’ post-traumatic stress disorder. Barker also looks afresh at some classic issues in film theory: the problems of accounting for film ‘failures’, the shaping role of production systems, the significance of genre-naming and the impact of that 'toxic' label.

A 'Toxic Genre' is fascinating reading for film studies students and anyone interested in cinema's portrayal of modern warfare.

Contents

Acknowledgements
1 The disappearing Iraq war films
2 No True Glory: the film that never was
3 Constructing an ‘Iraq war experience’
4 From Doughboys to Grunts: the ‘American soldier’
5 Understanding film ‘failures’
6 Bringing the war home
7 Explaining the Iraq war
8 Producing a ‘toxic genre’
9 Free-riders and outliers
10 Latino grunts: the new victim-heroes
11 The Hurt Locker and beyond
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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