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Extraordinary Ordinariness : Everyday Heroism in the United States, Germany, and Britain, 1800-2015

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Everyday heroes and heroines—ordinary men, women, and children who are honored for actual or imagined feats—have received only scant attention in heroism scholarship. While scholars have devoted thousands of pages to war heroes, heroic leaders, and superheroes, as well as to the blurring distinctions between heroes and celebrities, they have said little about the meaning and impact of ordinary citizens’ heroism. This collection of essays seeks to fill that void. Comparing the United States, Germany, and Britain from a multidisciplinary perspective, Extraordinary Ordinariness asks both when this particular hero type first emerged and how it was discussed and depicted in political discourse, mass media, literature, film, and other forms of popular culture. Looking across fields of study, countries, and centuries, this book sheds new light on the many social, cultural, and political functions that our everyday heroes have served.
Number of Pages: 294
Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Language: English
Street Date: February 15, 2017
TCIN: 51768346
UPC: 9783593506173
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-0440
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