American Militarism on the Small Screen

Associate Professor Anna Froula (along with co-editor Stacy Takacs) has published American Militarism on the Small Screen.

The military has produced and distributed programs via private broadcasters since the early days of radio, and war and militarism have been popular subjects for commercial television programming from its inception. Despite the historical and social prevalence of military-themed programming on US television, there has been no thorough scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. This volume seeks to identify what television, as a cultural medium, has added to the depictions of war and militarism in the US. Chapters explore a variety of series and engage with the following questions: What are the conventions of the war series? How do fictional depictions of war on US TV operate in dialogue with existing war films? How do they relate to broadcast news coverage of war? Is there anything unique about the way television series, as opposed to films, documentaries, or news stories, depict issues of nationalism and militarism? How do issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality play out differently in the television combat series, for example? How have the conventions of television production, distribution, and reception affected the form, content, and influence of the war story?

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