Released on 2021-09-06Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

"There It Is": Narratives of the Vietnam War

Author: Tom Burns

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783838215617

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 688

View: 252

This book provides a critical survey of the literature on the Vietnam War and is intended both for academic and general readers. Earlier works of this kind constantly recycled criticism of a half-dozen of the same works. In this study, the aim was to discuss a much greater number of works, including a few that have never been discussed. To appeal to non-academic readers, Lit-Crit jargon was kept to a minimum, and parallels with earlier works of war literature, especially those of the two world wars, were established.
Released on 2021Categories American literature

There It Is

There It Is

Author: Tom Burns

Publisher:

ISBN: 3838275616

Category: American literature

Page: 687

View: 555

This book provides a critical survey of the literature on the Vietnam War and is intended both for academic and general readers. Earlier works of this kind constantly recycled criticism of a half-dozen of the same works. In this study, the aim was to discuss a much greater number of works, including a few that have never been discussed. To appeal to non-academic readers, Lit-Crit jargon was kept to a minimum, and parallels with earlier works of war literature, especially those of the two world wars, were established.
Released on 2014-01-10Categories History

Masculinity in Vietnam War Narratives

Masculinity in Vietnam War Narratives

Author: Brenda M. Boyle

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786454396

Category: History

Page: 211

View: 478

Occurring alongside the Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, Civil Rights, and other identity movements of the 1960s, the Vietnam War was part of an era that rescripted gender and other social identity roles for many, if not most, Americans. This book examines the ways in which the war and its accompanying movements greatly altered traditional American conceptions of masculinity, as reflected in discourses ranging from fictional narratives to memoirs, films, and military recruiting advertisements. Analysis of two canonical fiction texts—John Del Vecchio’s The 13th Valley and Bobbie Ann Mason’s In Country—illustrates the interrelatedness of race, sexuality, disability and masculinity, an approach appearing in no other book-length study. The text illustrates how, decades later, the masculine anxieties of the Vietnam era persist.
Released on 2015-04-23Categories History

Social Memory and War Narratives

Social Memory and War Narratives

Author: C. Weber

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137496652

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 402

The Vietnam War has had many long-reaching, traumatic effects, not just on the veterans of the war, but on their children as well. In this book, Weber examines the concept of the war as a social monad, a confusing array of personal stories and public histories that disrupt traditional ways of knowing the social world for the second generation.
Released on 2016-04-25Categories History

Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War

Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War

Author: John A. Wood

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780821445624

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 699

In the decades since the Vietnam War, veteran memoirs have influenced Americans’ understanding of the conflict. Yet few historians or literary scholars have scrutinized how the genre has shaped the nation’s collective memory of the war and its aftermath. Instead, veterans’ accounts are mined for colorful quotes and then dropped from public discourse; are accepted as factual sources with little attention to how memory, no matter how authentic, can diverge from events; or are not contextualized in terms of the race, gender, or class of the narrators. Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War is a landmark study of the cultural heritage of the war in Vietnam as presented through the experience of its American participants. Crossing disciplinary borders in ways rarely attempted by historians, John A. Wood unearths truths embedded in the memoirists’ treatments of combat, the Vietnamese people, race relations in the United States military, male-female relationships in the war zone, and veterans’ postwar troubles. He also examines the publishing industry’s influence on collective memory, discussing, for example, the tendency of publishers and reviewers to privilege memoirs critical of the war. Veteran Narratives is a significant and original addition to the literature on Vietnam veterans and the conflict as a whole.
Released on 2017-01-27Categories Literary Criticism

Vietnam War Stories

Vietnam War Stories

Author: Tobey C. Herzog

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134902620

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

View: 515

The Gulf War and its aftermath have testified once again to the significance placed on the meanings and images of Vietnam by US media and culture. Almost two decades after the end of hostilities, the Vietnam War remains a dominant moral, political and military touchstone in American cultural consciousness. Vietnam War Stories provides a comprehensive critical framework for understanding the Vietnam experience, Vietnam narratives and modern war literature. The narratives examined - personal accounts as well as novels - portray a soldier's and a country's journey from pre-war innocence, through battlefield experience and consideration, to a difficult post-war adjustment. Tobey Herzog places these narratives within the context of important cultural and literary themes, including inherent ironies of war, the "John Wayne syndrome" of pre-war innocence, and the "heavy Heart-of-Darkness trip" of the conflict itself.
Released on 2020-03-23Categories Literary Criticism

Victimhood in American Narratives of the War in Vietnam

Victimhood in American Narratives of the War in Vietnam

Author: Aleksandra Musiał

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000054286

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 633

This book revisits the American canon of novels, memoirs, and films about the war in Vietnam, in order to reassess critically the centrality of the discourse of American victimization in the country’s imagination of the conflict, and to trace the strategies of representation that establish American soldiers and veterans as the most significant victims of the war. By investigating in detail the imagery of the Vietnamese landscape recreated by American authors and directors, the volume explores the proposition that Vietnam has been turned into an American myth, demonstrating that the process resulted in a dehistoricization and mystification of the conflict that obscured its historical and political realities. Against this background, representations of the war’s victims—Vietnamese civilians and American soldiers—are then considered in light of their ideological meanings and uses. Ultimately, the book seeks to demonstrate how, in a relation of power, the question of victimhood can become ideologized, transforming into both a discourse and a strategy of representation—and in doing so, to demythologize something of the "Vietnam" of American cultural narrative.
Released on 1993Categories American literature

Reconnecting

Reconnecting

Author: Charles Jamieson Gaspar

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4553729

Category: American literature

Page: 388

View: 695

This dissertation examines six major Vietnam War narratives: Norman Mailer's The Armies of the Night; John Del Vecchio's The 13th Valley; James Webb's Fields of Fire; Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War; Michael Herr's Dispatches; and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato. Despite differing narrative modes, each work demonstrates a similar vision: one espousing a need, on both personal and national levels, to re-orient, re-unify, and reconnect. Devoting a chapter to each narrative, this study explores the author's structural and rhetorical vision of potential continuities. The protagonists, initially, are troubled, alone, confused. Their personal disorientation occurs primarily for two reasons: the psychological distortion of time's passage in stress-producing situations; and the policy of individual rotation to a Vietnam tour for a specified time, usually twelve months. Without emphasizing temporal disorientation, Mailer's autobiography provides a paradigm of the soldier's experience: induction for a specified period; a fragmented "war"; a search for order; a subsequent time of remembering and reflection. Del Vecchio's realistic novel dramatizes both combat and tour time. Webb's emphasizes temporal endings in the serious game of war. Caputo's autobiography stresses the elongation of time. Herr's reportage conveys temporal fragmentation. O'Brien's novel dramatizes the search for temporal order and control. The protagonists, partially transcending their personal disorientation, become survivors who learn a commitment to community. On a second level, the narrators ask the reader to examine the war's causes and consequences for the nation. Mailer's narrator educates the reader to question both private and public histories, and historians. Del Vecchio examines historical understanding. Webb's montage of personal histories expands to a narrative about storytelling itself. Caputo, like Mailer, becomes an exemplar of our nation's society. Herr, like Mailer, questions historical knowledge but affirms its necessity. O'Brien creates, in part, an historical allegory which suggests our international politics. As on the personal level, the vision becomes one of potential re-orientation. Without looking away from war's hardships, without romanticizing combat, these narratives affirm the need for personal and national reconnections. Appropriately, the narrative endings convey not closure but openness, not finality but the potential for recovery.
Released on 2012-06-25Categories History

Ethics, Norms and the Narratives of War

Ethics, Norms and the Narratives of War

Author: Pamela Creed

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136252068

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 919

This book examines the ethics and values that render a war discourse normative, and features the stories of American soldiers who fought in the Iraq War to show how this narrative can change. The invasion of Iraq, launched in March 2003, was led by the United States under the now discredited claim that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction (WMD). However, critical questions concerning what we may be able to learn from this experience remain largely unexplored. The focus of this book, therefore, is on soldiers as systems of war – and the internal battle many of them wage as they live a reality that slowly emerges as inconsistent with familiar beliefs and value commitments. This work offers a reflective study of identity struggle from the perspective of emotional psychology and delves into the ‘narrative field’ of socio-politics. Going beyond the political contestations over the U.S. military intervention in Iraq, the author analyses original research on the evolving beliefs and value-commitments of veterans of the war, exploring their faith in its ‘just cause’ and their personal sense of self and national identity. This book will be of much interest to students of the Iraq War, US foreign policy, military studies, discourse analysis, and IR in general.
Released on 2011-05-20Categories History

The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, 2nd Edition [4 volumes]

The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, 2nd Edition [4 volumes]

Author: Spencer C. Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851099610

Category: History

Page: 1804

View: 301

Now in its second edition, this comprehensive study of the Vietnam War sheds more light on the longest and one of the most controversial conflicts in U.S. history. • Includes many photographs and illustrations that bring the Vietnam War to life • Contains more than 200 primary sources in a separate documents volume, with full introductions for each • Presents an extensive chronology of historic events and a glossary of terms • Provides cross-references and bibliographies that facilitate further research
Released on 2016-03-21Categories History

South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After

South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After

Author: Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440832420

Category: History

Page: 289

View: 780

Published on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam, this book brings to life the experiences and memories of South Vietnamese soldiers—the forgotten combatants of this controversial conflict. • Relates the stories of South Vietnamese soldiers through a compelling narrative driven by oral histories • Brings the experiences of these soldiers to life for the reader by sharing their compelling firsthand accounts • Draws on a key oral history collection newly established at the National Library of Australia in 2013–2014 • Provides fascinating insights into the soldiers' early years, their military service and experiences, and their post-war lives • Conveys the strength of will and resilience that enabled these men and women to endure the hardships of war, the defeat of their armed forces, the loss of their country, and the challenges of becoming refugees and resettling in new lands