Horrors Of War: The Undead On The Battlefield by Cynthia J. MillerHorrors Of War: The Undead On The Battlefield by Cynthia J. Miller

Horrors Of War: The Undead On The Battlefield

EditorCynthia J. Miller, A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Hardcover | May 14, 2015

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Battlefields have traditionally been considered places where the spirits of the dead linger, and popular culture brings those thoughts to life. Supernatural tales of war told in print, on screen, and in other media depict angels, demons, and legions of the undead fighting against-or alongside-human soldiers. Ghostly war ships and phantom aircraft carry on their never-to-be-completed missions, and the spirits-sometimes corpses-of dead soldiers return to confront the enemies who killed them, comrades who betrayed them, or leaders who sacrificed them.In Horrors of War: The Undead on the Battlefield, Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper have assembled essays that explore the meaning and significance of these tales. Among the questions that the volume seeks to answer are: How do supernatural stories engage with cultural attitudes toward war? In what ways do these stories reflect or challenge the popular memories of particular wars? How do they ask us to think again about battlefield heroism, military ethics, and the politics of sacrifice? Divided into four sections, chapters examine undead war stories in film (Carol for Another Christmas, The Devil's Backbone), television (The Twilight Zone), literature (The Bloody Red Baron, Devils of D-Day), comics (Weird War Tales, The Haunted Tank), graphic novels (The War of the Trenches), and gaming (Call of Duty: World at War). Featuring contributions from a diverse group of international scholars, these essays address such themes as monstrous enemies and enemies made monstrous, legacies and memories of war, and the war dead who refuse to rest. Drawing together stories from across wars, branches of service, and generations of soldiers-and featuring more than fifty illustrations-Horrors of War will be of interest to scholars of film, popular culture, military history, and cultural history.
Cynthia J. Miller is the editor of Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary, From Big Screen to Small (2012), and co-editor of Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier (2012) and Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming (2013), Steaming Into a Victorian Future (2012), and Border Visi...
Title:Horrors Of War: The Undead On The BattlefieldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.18 × 6.34 × 1.14 inPublished:May 14, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Monstrous Enemies1. "Blood-Thirsty Graybacks": The Monstrous Othering of the Confederacy in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire HunterRobert A. Saunders2. Cry "Havoc!" and Let Slip the Vampires of WarCynthia J. Miller3. Vampire Pilots and Industrialized War in The Bloody Red BaronA. Bowdoin Van Riper4. Nazis on the Moon! Nazis under the Polar Ice Cap! And Other Recent Episodes in the Strange Cinematic Afterlife of the Third ReichJames J. WardPart II: The Dead Don't Rest5. The Wages of War: Spectral Children in The Devil's BackboneMichael C. Reiff6. Traversing the Afterlife Fantasy: The Haunted Soldier in Jacob's LadderThomas Robert Argiro7. The Haunted TankPaul O'Connor8. (Re)Remembering the Great War in DeathwatchMarzena Sokolowska-Paryz9. The U.N.dead: Cold War Ghosts in Carol for Another ChristmasChristina M. KnopfPart III: Making Monsters10. Pall in the Family: Deathdream, House, and the Vietnam WarChristopher D. Stone11. Strategic Military Reconfiguration in Horror Fiction: The Case of F. Paul Wilson's The Keep and Graham Masterton's The Devils of D-DayFernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns12. Horror under the Radar: Memory, Revelation, and the Ghosts of BelowChristina V. Cedillo13. The Supernatural, Nazi Zombies, and the Play Instinct: The Gamification of War and the Reality of the Military Industrial ComplexSteve WebleyPart IV: Legacies and Memories14. "Strange Things Happen in a War-Torn Land": Cat Demons, Samurai, Victims' Vengeance, and the Social Costs of War in Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko (1968)Thomas Prasch15. Public Memory and Supernatural Presence: The Mystery and Madness of Weird War TalesTerence Check16. War in The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Haunted Visions of World War IIVincent Casaregola17. Specters of Media: Jacques Tardi's Graphic Reanimation of the War of the TrenchesKatherine Kelp-Stebbins18. R-Point as Postcolonial Palimpsest: Generic Complexity and the Ghost in the War/Horror FilmAmanda LandaIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors

Editorial Reviews

Outside the study of visual culture and exploitation genres more generally, Cynthia Miller and her frequent comrade-in-arms, A. Bowdoin Van Riper, have carved a niche for themselves in Horror Studies, most recently with Horrors of War: The Undead on the Battlefield. Their names are held highly among film circles in the U.S., and they belong to small but ever widening cadre of popular culturalists who are bringing prestige to the often overlooked among the arts. Horror Studies needs scholars like Miller and Van Riper.