Military memoirs, their covers, and the reproduction of public narratives of war

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Author(s)Woodward R, Jenkings KN
Publication type Article
JournalJournal of War and Culture Studies
ISSN (print)1752-6272
ISSN (electronic)1752-6280
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This paper is about the book covers of contemporary British military memoirs. Taking as a starting point the idea of the book cover as paratext, a threshold to the text, the paper explores how book covers mobilize a number of ideas about the experience of armed conflict. The paper examines the ways in which the genre of the military memoir can be seen to be brought into being by the practices through which their covers are produced. The paper argues that military memoirs in the contemporary period frequently provide a set of ideas about participation in armed conflict as the preserve of a specific military masculinity. The paper looks at the ways in which the covers of military memoirs change over time, and at the design and style features of some examples to show both enduring and changing features. The paper concludes with some observations about the connections between the memoir as a literary form and other media forms which prioritise war as entertainment.
PublisherManey Publishing
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