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Staats, Hans. "Mastering Nature: War Gothic and the Monstrous Anthropocene." War Gothic in Literature and Culture. Eds. Stefan Hantke and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet. London: Routledge, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Staats2016
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Keywords: "Swamp Thing", Horror, USA, War
Creators: Hantke, Soltysik Monnet, Staats
Publisher: Routledge (London)
Collection: War Gothic in Literature and Culture
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In this essay I explore the intersection of the War Gothic and the monstrous anthropocene in Anglo American comics and graphic narratives between 1950 and 1982. More specifically, I focus on the transition between New Trend EC war comics (Two-Fisted Tales, 1950-1955; Frontline Combat, 1951-1954) and DC war tales (Weird War Tales, 1971-1983) after changes in the Comics Code Authority (CCA) made the use of horror elements possible. Furthermore, I examine the connection between the notion of the EcoGothic body and the ruined battlefield as Gothic landscape in Swamp Thing (DC, 1972-1976) and The Saga of Swamp Thing (DC, 1982-1985). After the CCA boycott of classic horror archetypes is lifted in 1971, publications like Weird War Tales and The Saga of Swamp Thing exploit the overlap of and complicity between Gothic discourse and the realm of military experience. As a result, the war hero and superhero are converted into a leading figure of the anti-war and deep ecology movements. Contextually, I look at the moment or period between the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Topics covered in this essay include military mobilization, imagining the enemy, the experience of combat, the space of the battlefield, military technology, destruction and reconstruction.
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