Call for Contributors (Abstracts 12/20/13; Essays 6/15/14)
Horrors of War: The Living, the Undead, and the Battlefield
War is hell, we tell ourselves, and battlefields are places where the spirits of the dead linger. Supernatural language and imagery—sacred and secular alike—pervades modern depictions of warfare, from Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to the opening scenes of Gladiator, in which a Roman general commands his men to "unleash Hell." The "honored dead" of past wars are routinely marshaled, in both pro- and anti-war rhetoric, to pass judgment on the conflicts of the present.