American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization: The Spector of Vietnam

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Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.
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“The writers William V. Spanos chooses to study in American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization … are noteworthy today for characterizing the U.S. intervention as a darkly brutal affair.” — American Literary Scholarship
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791472903
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

William V. Spanos is Distinguished Professor of English at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of many books, including America’s Shadow: An Anatomy of Empire and Heidegger and Criticism: Retrieving the Cultural Politics of Destruction.

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Table of Contents


1. History and Its Specter: Rethinking Thinking in the Post-Cold War Age

2. Althusser’s “Problematic”: Vision and the Vietnam War

3. Who Killed Alden Pyle?: The Oversight of Oversight in Graham Greene’s The Quiet American

4. Retrieving the Thisness of the Vietnam War: A Symptomatic Reading of Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War

5. “The Land Is Your Enemy”: Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato

6. American Exceptionalism, the Jeremiad, and the Frontier, Before and After 9/11: From the Puritans to the Neo-Con Men

7. Conclusion: The Vietnam War, 9/11, and Its Aftermath


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