Kent Puckett

Kent Puckett teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and is author of Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century NovelNarrative Theory: A Critical Introduction; and War Pictures: Cinema, Style, and Violence in Britain, 1939-1945. He is writing a book about the aesthetics of electoral modeling.


Story, Discourse, Dunkirk

It will surprise no one to see wartime treated as an especially narrative problem. Indeed, given the long and apparently necessary relation between war and narrative, a relation that goes back at least to the Iliad and the in medias rage of Achilles, it is probably harder to think of them apart, harder to resist the urge to see both old and new wars in the ready and comfortable terms of already available narrative models: war as an epic or a revenge plot or a rescue mission or a buddy film or an echo of a previous war.