Cultural Studies Adjunct: John Bodnar

My current research and teaching interests are focused on twentieth-century America in general and, more specifically, on the way war has been recalled and represented in the United States and other nations. I also have a developing interest in the history of human
rights. My current book project investigates the cultural, political and epistemological dimensions of the American remembrance of World War II or how the "good war" became "good." This involves an examination not only of remembering but of constructing meaning during the war itself. This work has led to an expanding interest in human rights, since conceptions of human rights were one of the rationales used by Americans to explain why they had to fight. I have published articles on this project in the American Historical Review (2001) on "Saving Private Ryan and Postwar Memory," and in the International Journal of the Humanities (2004) on "Human Rights and the Legacy of World War II." A forthcoming article will deal with sentimental views of World War II and American nationalism. In 2005 I was awarded a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for this work. In 2006 I was awarded a grant to organize a workshop on the history of human rights from an international perspective. The workshop was held in March, 2006. I also have won a grant to organize a workshop in 2007 for scholars from Germany, Russia and the U.S. on remembering World War II. My most recent book was Blue Collar Hollywood: Liberalism, Democracy, and Working People in American Film (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003;
paperback 2006).

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