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Soldier Heroes : British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities - Graham Dawson

Soldier Heroes

British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities

Paperback Published: 10th November 1994
ISBN: 9780415088824
Number Of Pages: 368

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Fantasies about empire building, masculinity, and nationalism have old and long depended upon the contruction of soldier heroes. These myths have provided a sense of national community, a sense of gender, and above all, a sense of imperial politics that has, more cases than not, treated countries as maps and not as populations.
In "Soldier Heroes," Graham Dawson explores the making of the soldier hero mythology drawing upon the work of 19th century adventure stories. Using a wide field of literary theory and psychoanalysis, Dawson explore the construction of the soldier hero in the western imagination. He looks at books such as Scott's "Waverly" and the Victorian biography of Sir Henry Havelock, who served the British in India during the time of the Indian Mutiny Rebellion in 1857. Dawson also examines the manufacturing Lawrence of Arabia, and the cultural politics of his "becoming an Arab." He critically reads such works as "Seven Pillars of Wisdom," and eventually relates the soldier hero discourse to psychoanalytic concepts of pleasure, fablation, phantasy, and memory.

Introduction: Soldier Heroes, Masculinity and British National Identity
Soldier Heroes, Adventure and the historical IMagining of Masculinities
Soldier Heroes and the Narrative Imagining of masculinities
Masculinity, Phantasy and History
The Adventure Quest and Its Cultural Imaginaries
The hero-Making and Hagiography of havelock of Lucknow: Imperialism and Military Adventure in the Nineteeth Century
The Imagining of a hero: Sir Henry Havelock, the Indian Rebellion and the News
Commemorating the Exemplary Life: the Havelock Hagiography
The Public and Private Lives of T.E. Lawrence: The Imperial Adventure in the Modern World
The Blond Bedouin: Lawrence of Arabia and Imperial Adventure in the Modern World
The Public and Private Lives of T.E. Lawrence: The Adventure hero and modernist Masculinity
Public Pathologies: T.E. Lawrence, Psychological Biography and the Cultural Politics of Imperial Decline
Soldier Heroes and the Imagining of Boyhood Masculinity
Playing at War: Boyhood Phantasies and the Pleasure-Culture of War
Self -Imagining: Boyhood Masculinity, Social Recognition and the Adventure Hero Afterword: Soldier heroes and Cultural Politics of Reparation
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ISBN: 9780415088824
ISBN-10: 0415088828
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 10th November 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1

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