Year 2020, Volume 12 , Issue 3, Pages 1016 - 1026 2020-08-31

TARNISHED HEROES: FACES OF WAR IN AMERICAN FICTION
CİLALANMIŞ KAHRAMANLAR: AMERİKAN KURGUSUNDA SAVAŞ YÜZLERİ

M Ikbal M ALOSMAN [1]


Phil Klay is one of many American war veterans to mould their experiences in war into works of literature. In his first story collection, Redeployment (first published in 2014), Klay employs first person narrators with diverse backgrounds and occupations to provide multi-faceted perspectives and insights into war. This study examines service members in these stories within the context of the 2001 War in Afghanistan and 2003 War in Iraq and their behaviour in terms of heroism/post-heroism. Post-heroism declares the decline of heroic mindset in present wars since soldiers are less concerned with the grandeur of achievements and more obsessed with their own survival. This paper investigates two aspects of the collection’s representation of war, specifically, soldiers’ emotive and psychological interaction with lethal experiences in and after war in addition to impetuses behind soldiers’ involvement in the military. Even though Klay’s stories are abundant with combat scenes, characters are preoccupied with the appalling reality of war rather than grandeur of valour. War is framed within conflicting sensitivities and motivations through twelve narrators which reflect a rather gloomy perspective.
Phil Klay, savaştaki deneyimlerini edebiyat eserlerine dönüştüren birçok Amerikan savaş gazisinden biridir. Klay, ilk öykü koleksiyonunda (ilk olarak 2014'te yayınlandı), çok yönlü bakış açıları ve savaşa ilişkin içgörüler sağlamak için farklı geçmişlere ve mesleklere sahip karakterleri kullanıyor. Bu çalışma, öykülerdeki hizmet üyelerini Afganistan (2001) ve Irak'taki Savaşı (2003) kahramanlık / post-kahramanlık yönündeki davranışları bağlamında incelemektedir. Post-kahramanlık, askerlerin başarılarının ihtişamıyla daha az endişe duydukları ve kendi hayatta kalmalarına daha fazla takıntılı oldukları için mevcut savaşlarda kahramanca zihniyetin azaldığını açıkladı. Bu makale, koleksiyonunun savaş temsilinin iki yönünü, özellikle de askerlerin duygusal ve psikolojik etkileşimlerini, savaşta ve savaştan sonra ölümcül deneyimlerle birlikte, askerlerin orduya katılımının ardındaki itici güçleri araştırmaktadır. Klay’ın hikayeleri savaş sahneleri ile dolu olsa da, karakterler cesaretin ihtişamından ziyade korkunç savaş gerçekliği ile meşgul. Savaş, oldukça kasvetli bir bakış açısını yansıtan on iki anlatıcı aracılığıyla çatışan hassasiyetler ve motivasyonlar içinde şekillenir.
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Primary Language en
Subjects Social
Journal Section Articles
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Orcid: 0000-0002-3798-5347
Author: M Ikbal M ALOSMAN (Primary Author)
Institution: UNIVERSITY OF EURASIA
Country: Turkey


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Publication Date : August 31, 2020

ISNAD M Alosman, M Ikbal . "TARNISHED HEROES: FACES OF WAR IN AMERICAN FICTION". Şarkiyat 12 / 3 (August 2020): 1016-1026 . https://doi.org/10.26791/sarkiat.734104