Robert R. Shandley is professor of film studies and German at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Runaway Romances: Hollywood's Postwar Tour of Europe and Rubble Films: German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich.
Shandley makes the case that this critically disparaged forerunner
of M*A*S*H deserves consideration as an allegorical statement about
contemporaneous social and political issues, yet he reminds us that
Hogan's Heroes also did 'active harm' to the historical project, to
the cultural unpacking of Nazi atrocities decades earlier. A
nuanced examination of the narrative protocols involved in making a
seemingly ridiculous-and potentially shocking-premise palatable for
the televiewing masses, this book is an indispensable contribution
to the field."--David Scott Diffrient "author of M*A*S*H (Wayne
State University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Screwball
Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls "
Shandley shows how Hogan's Heroes was both shaped by and exerted influence upon its cultural context, and how it provided social and political commentary while operating within generic constraints. Shandley's study is clearly organized and cogently argued."--David Sterritt "author of The Honeymooners (Wayne State University Press, 2009) "