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Caitlin Cawley

Caitlin CawleyBA, Lehigh University
MA, Carnegie Mellon University


Field of Study: 20th and 21st-Century American, Cultural Studies


Courses Taught
Composition and Rhetoric II
Texts and Contexts: Reading War: American War Literature from WWI to Iraq
Texts and Contexts: Class and American Culture: Working Class Comrades to "I'm Rich, Biatch" in 20th Century Literature
Texts and Contexts: (Re)Writing History: Postwar American Film and Literature
Texts and Contexts:What is Love? in Transatlantic Film and Literature

Dissertation Title
Occupying War: U.S. Militarism and Representing War since 1989

Dissertation Description
Her dissertation traces a cultural history of post-Cold War American militarism, specifically post-conscription professionalization and the rise of occupation-style warfare.  Examining war literature and films alongside government documents, military records, and news media,  She argues that the practices, logics, and aesthetics of contemporary militarism have made it increasingly difficult for American civilians to apprehend war and those who fight.