Seeking Essays on TV and War

A new project seeks essays of 6,000-8,000 words that explore television series about war.

Despite the historical and social prevalence of military-themed programming on US television, there has been no thorough scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. This anthology seeks to rectify the omission and to identify what television, as a cultural medium, has added to the depictions of war and militarism in the US. Chapters will explore the following questions: What are the conventions of the war series? How do fictional depictions of war on US TV operate in dialogue with existing war films? How do they relate to the broadcast news coverage of war? Is there anything unique about the way television series, as opposed to films, documentaries or news items, depict issues of nationalism and militarism? How do issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality play out differently in the war series, for example? How have the conventions of television production, distribution and reception affected the form, content and influence of the war story?

Please send proposals (no more than two pages) to both Stacy Takacs ( and Anna Froula ( by May 30, 2014 with a one page CV. You may direct questions to either of us. Papers may examine one or more of the following series or tackle questions related to the inquiries above:

The West Point Story (1956-7)
Men of Annapolis (1957-8)
The Silent Service (1957-8)
The Phil Silvers Show (1955-1959)
Combat! (1962-1967)
Rat Patrol (1966-1968)
Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971)
McHale’s Navy (1962-1966)
Gomer Pyle, USMC (1964-9)
Winds of War (1983)
Tour of Duty (1987-1990)
China Beach (1988-1991)
Private Benjamin (1981-3)
JAG (1995-2005)
Band of Brothers (2001)
NCIS (2003-present)
E-Ring (2005-2006)
The Unit (2006-2009)
Over There (2005)
Generation Kill (2008)
Army Wives (2007-2013)
The Pacific (2010)
Combat Hospital (2011)
“Reality Militainment” like American Fighter Pilot, Military Diaries, Profiles from the Front Lines, Surviving the Cut, Special Ops Mission, etc.

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