How We Are Changed by War: A Study of Letters and Diaries / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$36.63
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $12.15
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 71%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $12.15   
  • New (6) from $18.00   
  • Used (9) from $12.15   

Overview

The prolonged conflict in Iraq has shown us war's transformative effect. Civilians rivet themselves to events happening halfway around the world, while young soldiers return home from battlefields, coping with the memories of those events.

How We Are Changed by War examines our sense of ourselves through the medium of diaries and wartime correspondence, beginning with the colonists of the early seventeenth century, and ending with the diaries and letters from Iraqi war vets. The book tracks the effects of war in private writings regardless of the narrator's historical era allowing the writers to 'speak' to each other across time to reveal a profound commonality of cultural experience. Finally, interpreting the narratives by how the writers conveyed the content adds a richer layer of meaning through the lenses of psychology and literary criticism, providing a model for any society to examine itself through the medium of its members' informal writings.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415873116
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/5/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana C. Gill is an independent scholar with a PhD in English from the University of Mississippi at Oxford.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Awareness and Selfhood

Self and Society

War and the Use of Stories

Wartime Function of Letters and Diaries

Limitations to Bearing Witness

1 The Metes and Bounds of Narrative and Self 19

Language and Limits of Narrative Identity

Cultural Narrative, Identity, and a Common Reality

Self-Narrative and Identity

Narrative of Self and Limits of Genre

The Transmission of a Cultural Narrative

2 An Opportunity for Change: War and Ambition 37

The Subtext of Traumatic Self-Narrative

The Interdependence of Self and Group

Seduction by a Narrative Past

Expectations, Deconstructions, and Glamour

Reconstruction

3 Conversion 71

Whetting the War Appetite: Myths and Archetypes

The Death of die Civilian Self

A Conflict-Oriented Realignment of Boundaries

4 A Growing Estrangement 114

Disillusionment and Bearing Witness

Divisive Viewpoints

An Invalidation of Sacrifices

The Betrayal of Performance

A Confusion of Roles

5 The Complexity of Spectatorship 147

A Shift in Performance Parameters

Forced Behind the Spotlights: "Seeing"

Forced Behind the Spotlights: "Being"

A Place for the Civilian on the Wartime Stage

6 Eye of the Storm 194

The Other Side of War

Alone in a Patriotic Crowd

Ripping Away of the Home Front

7 A Continuing Aftermath 237

Challenges to Veteran Reintegration

Cultural Evolution by War Confessions

Cultural Evolution by War Repression

Redemption in the Wilderness

Bibliography 275

Index 287

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)