Reading Vietnam Amid the War on Terror

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byTy Hawkins

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Reading Vietnam amid the War on Terror argues that the examination of contemporary American war narratives can lead to newfound understandings of American literature, history, and national purpose. The book contends that these narratives trouble not only the jingoism pervasive in American culture, but also it's opposite—the ubiquitous cynicism about American national identity one encounters from within and without the halls of academe. The creative, controversial, and interdisciplinary approach will make this study of interest not only to scholars working in the growing field of contemporary American war literature, but also to readers interested in literary history, cultural rhetoric, military history, military tactics, international conflict, and veterans affairs.

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Reading Vietnam amid the War on Terror argues that the examination of contemporary American war narratives can lead to newfound understandings of American literature, history, and national purpose. The book contends that these narratives trouble not only the jingoism pervasive in American culture, but also it's opposite—the ubiquitous ...

Ty Hawkins is an assistant professor of English at Walsh University of Ohio. He teaches American literature, general education literature, and writing courses. His scholarship has appeared in War, Literature & the Arts, College Literature, and Papers on Language and Literature, among other outlets. He taught previously at Saint Louis ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 10.25 × 5.65 × 0.72 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340024

ISBN - 13:9780230340022

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Table of Contents

American Myth, Vietnam, and the Prospect of Repetition * Philip Caputo's Deconstruction of the Warrior-Hero Ideal * Michael Herr's Dispatches and the Allure of Combat * The Perversion of Labor in Larry Heinemann's Vietnam * Tim O'Brien's Search for an Ideal Femininity * Community in Bobbie Ann Mason's War fiction

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'The inclusion in this 'Vietnam' book of America's post 9/11 conflicts sharply contemporizes Hawkins' vital insights, not only making Vietnam still relevant, but teaching us the commonality of all war. Hawkins has powerfully documented the loss of innocence that must accompany any sentient soldier's combat encounters and aftermath. A haunting read.' - Donald Anderson, editor of War, Literature & the Arts and When War Becomes Personal