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Religion and moral injury in American Vietnam War films

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posted on 05.10.2021, 11:28 authored by Mary BrewerMary Brewer
This essay focuses on the representation of religion in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987), Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July (1989), and Brian de Palma’s Casualties of War (1989). It explores how religion intersects with the experience of moral trauma at an individual level, and how the films portray moral injury to be as damaging an aspect of war trauma for Vietnam veterans as grievous physical harm. Further, the essay considers how moral injury is a fundamental component of the collective trauma the nation experienced and, in turn, the culture wars that erupted during and after the war in Vietnam.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Journal of Religion and Film

Volume

25

Issue

2

Publisher

University of Nebraska

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the University of Nebraska under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/07/2021

Publication date

2021-09-30

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1092-1311

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Mary Brewer. Deposit date: 29 July 2021

Article number

1