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Represented Reporters

Images of War Correspondents in Memoirs and Fiction

Barbara Korte

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Barbara Korte, Represented Reporters (2015), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839410622

Description / Abstract

War correspondents are prominent actors in the media world. They took hold in the cultural imaginary soon after their profession had been created in the mid-19th century. With a particular focus on Britain, this study investigates the representation of war correspondents from Victorian times to the present, in memoirs, novels and films. Such representations react to prevailing notions that exist about war reporters and participate in their further construction. With its cultural approach, this book complements studies of war correspondents in media and communication studies, history and ethnology.


Barbara Korte is professor of English Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany.


»Im Gegensatz zu den Anfängen der patriotischen Kriegsberichterstattung ist es nunmehr der Typ des pazifistisch gesonnenen investigativen Reporters, der auch die Kritik an der eigenen Regierung nicht scheut und internationales Ansehen genießt. Doch auch dies ist, wie Barbara Korte in ihrer eindrucksvollen und aufschlussreichen Studie [...] darlegt, nur eines der vielfältigen Rollenmuster, derer sich die Kriegsreporter bedienen, um eine möglichst große Resonanz in den Massenmedien zu erzielen.«
Peter Zimmermann, MEDIENwissenschaft, 4 (2009)

Reviewed in:

Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 123 (2010), Bernadette Kester

Table of content

  • Cover Represented Reporters
  • Chapter 1: War Correspondents in Action and Representation
  • War Correspondents as an Object of Cultural Interest and Cultural Studies
  • The Represented Reporter
  • Sources
  • Chapter Overview
  • Chapter 2: War Correspondents in the Field
  • Performing the War Correspondent
  • Performance, Habitus and Fields of Action
  • Role Conceptions
  • The Media. Technologies and Infrastructure
  • Politics and the Military
  • Individual War Scenarios and Individual Actors
  • Representations
  • Chapter 3: Setting the Trend. Representations of the Golden Age
  • Self-Representations. The War Correspondent as Adventurer
  • Victorian War Correspondents in Fictional Representation. Doyle and Kipling
  • Chapter 4: Crises and Re-Assertions. From the First World War to the Falklands
  • An Image in Decay
  • Restoring the Self-Image
  • New Icons and a Parody. Evelyn Waugh's Scoop
  • Heroes Once More. The Correspondents of the Second World War
  • The Quiet American. Detachment and Engagement in a Foreign War
  • Vietnam and Beyond. Correspondents in War and Anti-War Films ofthe 1980s
  • A Century of Changing Images
  • Chapter 5: 1990s to Present. The Media in War from Gulf to Gulf
  • New Cultural Awareness of War Correspondents
  • Pooled and Fooled? Representing Reporters ofthe First GulfWar
  • Reporting the Civil Wars in Former Yugoslavia
  • Representing Correspondents in the War on Terror
  • War Correspondents and Gender Performance
  • A New Golden Age?
  • Chapter 6: Conclusion. Drawing Some Threads Tagether
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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