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How to Read Anti-War Messages from the Iraq War Films in the Age of Media Convergence

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2019, 32(1), pp.187-206
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama
  • Published : April 30, 2019

jung mi kyung 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study notices the fact that the current Hollywood war films have been newly upgraded reflecting empire wars mainly led by America. Especially after the Iraq war, Hollywood war films no longer reveal traditional themes such as victory, patriotic defense against terrorism. Instead, they make us perceive how contemporary media culture is related to empire political system and consequently how they have a large impact on current war. This is why Paul Virilio pays attentions to the role of media as ‘the logistics of perception.’ It is important to see the relationship between media culture and empire system as some Iraq war films utilize current media mode self-reflectively on their representation in order to give audiences anti-war messages. This study delves into the way how this media-politic relationship is foregrounded in Redacted directed by De Palma. After arguing that some new images and representation in Redacted are based on the technical condition of contemporary media culture, this study examines the role of an audience or a media user as a producer of anti-war messages in the viewpoint of media culture criticism.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.