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Kappelhoff, Hermann

Front Lines of Community

Hollywood Between War and Democracy

Series:Cinepoetics – English edition 1

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    April 2018
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    Based on the premise that a society’s sense of commonality depends upon media practices, this study examines how Hollywood responded to the crisis of democracy during the Second World War by creating a new genre - the war film. Developing an affective theory of genre cinema, the study’s focus on the sense of commonality offers a new characterization of the relationship between politics and poetics. It shows how the diverse ramifications of genre poetics can be explored as a network of experiental modalities that make history graspable as a continuous process of delineating the limits of community.


    xiii, 375 pages
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    War films; genre theory; sense of commonality; poetics of affect

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    Hermann Kappelhoff, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

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