Front Lines of Community. A Postscript to Hollywood War Cinema
Hermann Kappelhoff – 2018
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Based on the premise that a society’s sense of commonality depends upon media practices, this study examines how Hollywood responded to the crisis of democracy during the Second World War by creating a new genre - the war film. Developing an affective theory of genre cinema, the study’s focus on the sense of commonality offers a new characterization of the relationship between politics and poetics. It shows how the diverse ramifications of genre poetics can be explored as a network of experiental modalities that make history graspable as a continuous process of delineating the limits of community.
Elisabeth Bronfen: Book Review: Hermann Kappelhoff: Front Lines of Community. Hollywood Between War and Democracy. In: H-Soz-Kult, April 2020.
Joshua Sperling: War, Community, and the Cinema. In: Senses of Cinema 96, October 2020.
Linda Williams: Book Review: Front Lines of Community. Hollywood between War and Democracy by Hermann Kappelhoff, translated by Daniel Hendrickson. In: Film Quarterly 73/1 (2019), pp. 104-106.