Military Masculinity and the Act of Killing in Hamlet and Afghanistan

TitleMilitary Masculinity and the Act of Killing in Hamlet and Afghanistan
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsPartis-Jennings, Hannah
JournalMen and Masculinities
Start Page1
Pagination1-19
Date Published07/2017
Abstract

This article looks at a 2011 incident which led to a soldier (Marine A) being convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent. It focuses on the words (quoting from Hamlet) spoken by the Marine as he carried out the killing: “shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt” and examines the link that these words establish between the war in Afghanistan and Shakespeare’s play. The article explores the connections between Hamlet and Marine A and how their actions can be understood to both parallel each other and diverge around ethical contemplation; access to military masculinity; the banishing of the feminine; and a process of mediation, performance, and interpretation.

[ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1097184X17718585
Entry by GWC Assistants / Work by GWC Assistants : 

Time Period:

Library Location: 
Call Number: 
7281015002

Library: