What if war is not hell? What if war is not entertainment? What if war is, instead, the stuff dreams are made of? What is one then to anticipate of one’s tour of duty in a war zone? In this article, I interrogate anticipations in relation to soldierly becomings through deployment to Afghanistan. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with Danish combat troops, I explore the uneasy coexistence of two anticipatory plotlines: ‘the passion’ and ‘the desert’. The former depicts the tour of duty as a heroic adventure driven by desire for real combat, while the latter casts deployment as an anti-heroic misadventure imposed by the dull reality in theatre. I argue that anticipation can harbour ambivalent, even antagonistic, yet simultaneous expectations of what might come. I show that anticipation is further blurred, as our anticipatory horizons are tied not only to our unsettled plotlines of becoming but also to our being’s existential imperative.
On Soldierly Becomings in the Desert of the Real
Thomas Randrup Pedersen
Marc Kropman, Carla van Boxtel and Jannet van Drie
School history textbooks provide an important source of information for learners of history. Textbook narratives of a nation’s past often present a limited frame of reference, which impedes the aim of teaching history from multiple perspectives. This article examines the representation of the Dutch Revolt in two Dutch and two Flemish history textbooks. By taking sentences as our unit of analysis, we analyzed narrative elements and metaphors, which informed us about the level of multiperspectivity in these narratives. We found that Dutch textbooks, in contrast to Flemish textbooks, create their emplotment of the narrative of the Dutch Revolt by focusing on the first ten years of the conflict and mostly lack multiperspectivity. We hope that the insights generated by this analysis may inform textbook authors who seek to do justice to multiple perspectives.
Narratology is the study of the ways in which narrative organises perception and experience. Narratologists understand narrative as a ‘meta-code, a human universal’ (White 1987), which is instrumental in enabling the re-organisation of time, space, character and event in the construction of meaning in texts. Narratologists draw on different epistemological traditions, and develop different approaches and practices. These approaches can be roughly categorised as belonging to textual, inter-textual, and extra-textual traditions. The textual approach is exemplified by the work of Vladimir Propp (1928/1968), Claude Levi-Strauss (1958/1963), Roland Barthes (1966/1977), Algirdas Greimas (1966/1983), Paul Ricoeur (1985), and Tzvetan Todorov (1990). Narratologists in this structuralist tradition categorize and taxonomize narrative form. Propp identified 31 ‘narratemes’ (the smallest narrative units, equivalent to morphemes at the sentence level), which occur in all narratives in unvarying sequence; Greimas developed a typology of narrative ‘actants’; and Ricoeur investigated connections between time and narrative to typify ‘configurational activities’ in narrative plots and sequences. These, and other, textual approaches to narrative, show how texts selectively draw on narrative resources (emplotment, ways of representing character, hermeneutic and proairetic codes) in the construction of narrative meaning.
Repatriation Narratives and Ritual Performances
Stein R. Mathisen
understandings and make multiple voices sound as if they speak with only one tongue. This presupposes the existence of a strong narrative plot, which will work as an alternative to earlier emplotments of the relation between groups of people. Ira Jacknis (2000
The Dialectics of Displacement and Emplacement
Henrik Vigh and Jesper Bjarnesen
does not preconceive of mobility as either a (cosmopolitan) privilege or a (sedentarist) problem. As Lubkemann demonstrates most acutely, enacting particular emplotments of movement, rather than rootedness, may be a key source for a sense of emplacement
Repatriation and Ritual, Repatriation as Ritual
Laura Peers, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius and Jennifer Shannon
his analysis on “how various actors put the dead and their remains to work in narrative emplotments” and how these in turn show the complexity of repatriation and its inability to resolve or even entirely embrace all perspectives involved in such cases
Carnal Mourning under the Specter of Senselessness
Alice von Bieberstein
’s concern with the temporal emplotment of hopes and expectations of a good life by emphasizing the economizing role of value within such temporal orientations. Forms of killing and “making die,” Povinelli argues, are subject to “modalities of expenditure
Bureaucracy, New Media and the Infrastructural Forms of Doubt
Michael Vine and Matthew Carey
Jodi Dean (2002: 92 ) notes, most conspiracy narratives ‘fail to delineate any conspiracy at all’. Rather, they ‘counter conventional narratives with suspicions and allegations that, more often than not, resist coherent emplotment’. In this way, the
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sexual identity have become measures of European belonging. This raises the possibility of imagining a multiracial Europe based on solidarity and equality. Because the song format mitigates against more complex, argumentative emplotments of arrival and