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Taking Aim: New Documentary and War

Geiger, J (2008) 'Taking Aim: New Documentary and War.' Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA), 56 (2). 153 - 173. ISSN 0044-2305


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This essay examines some of the contours of new documentary and its relationship to war, first characterizing historical and theoretical frameworks while considering the social and spectatorial impact of moving images that have engaged with war themes and imagery. The focus falls on new documentary and representations of the war in Iraq, asking if these cultural mediations of war might indicate shades of an Iraq syndrome in the making. Finally, a close reading of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 considers the film in light of social and representational issues facing new documentary, marking the film's postmodernist and surrealist tendencies. I argue that Moore?s film ends up projecting ambiguous and perhaps self-contradictory conclusions about the US reliance on war as a mechanism for advancing its global social, ideological, and economic agendas. At the same time, the film manages to capture elements of the heterogeneity and instability of Americans' own national and patriotic self-perceptions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 10:04
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2018 21:15

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