Introduction: Toward an Alternative Tradition of War Representation

  • Kevin M. FlanaganEmail author
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


This introduction first establishes the mainstream relationship cultural relationship between war and cinema (a celebration of martial masculinity and national aims using realism and the Classical Hollywood style) and then explores alternatives (criticisms of war and the military, using fantasy and conceits from art cinema and disreputable genres). The introduction sets up that this alternative tradition of war representation in film and television especially thrived between the Suez Crisis in 1956 and the Falkland War in 1982, during a period of radical social change, amidst relative political stability and consensus whose fraying edges were exposed on-screen. The author introduces the methodologies used throughout the book and provides case studies forecasting the themes of the chapters to come, as well as more detailed descriptions of the chapters themselves.


War film Ideology Genre Lost continent Realism Fantasy World War II Suez Canal Falkland War 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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