Acceding to War: Nationalism, Popular Entertainment and the Battle of Gettysburg

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/195149
Title:
Acceding to War: Nationalism, Popular Entertainment and the Battle of Gettysburg
Author:
White, Nicholas
Issue Date:
2009
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
I explore nationalism within popular United States' history and analyze the nationalistic rhetoric within a popular novel, film, television documentary, and computer game that use the Battle of Gettysburg as their subject. With these examples I argue that popular history and entertainment cultivate social conditions amenable to war. Rather than strictly focusing on overtly and officially sanctioned political arguments, I interrogate recurring defenses of United States' nationalism within popular history and entertainment using the concepts of sociological propaganda and collective memory to further my argument. By focusing on popular representations of a seminal event in United States' history, I contend that such an event has been used to affirm nationalistic hegemony in the present.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Gettysburg; Nationalism; Popular Culture; Propaganda; Rhetoric; United States' Civil War
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
English; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
McAllister, Ken S.

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleAcceding to War: Nationalism, Popular Entertainment and the Battle of Gettysburgen_US
dc.creatorWhite, Nicholasen_US
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Nicholasen_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractI explore nationalism within popular United States' history and analyze the nationalistic rhetoric within a popular novel, film, television documentary, and computer game that use the Battle of Gettysburg as their subject. With these examples I argue that popular history and entertainment cultivate social conditions amenable to war. Rather than strictly focusing on overtly and officially sanctioned political arguments, I interrogate recurring defenses of United States' nationalism within popular history and entertainment using the concepts of sociological propaganda and collective memory to further my argument. By focusing on popular representations of a seminal event in United States' history, I contend that such an event has been used to affirm nationalistic hegemony in the present.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectGettysburgen_US
dc.subjectNationalismen_US
dc.subjectPopular Cultureen_US
dc.subjectPropagandaen_US
dc.subjectRhetoricen_US
dc.subjectUnited States' Civil Waren_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairMcAllister, Ken S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcAllister, Ken S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEnos, Theresa J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHall, Anne-Marieen_US
dc.identifier.proquest10398en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659752014en_US
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