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Waging War on War: Peacefighting in American Literature

Giorgio Mariani


The notion that war plays a fundamental role in the United States' idea of itself obscures the rich—and by no means naïve—seam of anti-war thinking that winds through American culture. This book engages with the question of what makes a text anti-war. Ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Joel Barlow to Maxine Hong Kingston and Tim O'Brien, this book explores why sustained attempts at identifying the anti-war texts formal and philosophical features seem to always end at an impasse. The book moves a step beyond to construct a theoretical model that invites new inquiries into America's nonviolent ... More

Keywords: anti-war literature, American culture, violence, peace-fighting, war-making, war, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joel Barlow, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tim O'Brien

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039751
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giorgio Mariani, author
Università "Sapienza" di Roma