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Sexual violence, counterinsurgents, and the legacies of Jean Lartéguy's The Centurions'
Fitzgerald, David
Jean Lartéguy's 1960 novel The Centurions, which follows a group of French paratroopers through the wars in Indochina and Algeria, is one that has achieved cult status within the US military. In embracing this novel as a valuable how-to guide for counterinsurgents, those who promote The Centurions ignore the sexual violence and misogyny at the heart of the work, reflecting deeper silences over the issue of sexual violence in war. This article explores both the depictions of sexual violence in The Centurions and the silences that surround those depictions.
Keyword(s): Jean Lartéguy; The Centurions; Counterinsurgency; Afghanistan; Military; Algeria; US military
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Cork
Citation(s): Fitzgerald, D. (2020) 'Sexual Violence, Counterinsurgents, and the Legacies of Jean Lartéguy's The Centurions', Journal of American Studies, pp. 1-28. doi: 10.1017/S0021875819001774
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2020-03-10 07:15:44 Last Updated: 2020-03-10 07:15:44