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Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary by Donna Kornhaber

Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary

War and the Animated Film

Donna Kornhaber

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Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 23 Dec 2019
ISBN: 9780226472683
3 stars out of 5
Ian Thomson
1 Feb 2020

"a valuable contribution to an overlooked aspect of cinematic history"

Kornhaber’s book, though fascinating, is marred at times by use of formulaic words such as ‘iconic’ and ‘trope’ and other campus-trendy locutions (‘narratively expansive’, ‘narratively driven’). The usual media study gurus are drearily and predictably quoted: Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag. Yet Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary remains an immensely valuable survey that opens a window onto the wizardry of animation and the afterlives of Daffy, Donald, Mickey — and even major-general Soleimani.