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Master of Arts (MA)

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Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences



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Dr. Patricia Ehrkamp


This thesis employs several books from the Veterans Book Project, focusing on the stories of white male veterans of the Iraq War. I analyze these books through the lenses of banal nationalism, masculinity, feminist political geography and embodiment. Using archival and visual methods, I analyze how these books reproduce imperial logics and what this suggests about the veterans’ role in the everyday realities of war. Through analysis of these books, I examine the representation of the veterans’ wartime experiences and the reconstruction of veterans’ identities. This research seeks to understand how personal narratives reproduce imperial projects and colonialism through discourse and representation. I argue that the veterans hold a tense position within the imperial project, both complicit in and victim to the state’s violence.

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