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Masculinity in Vietnam War Narratives: A Critical Study of Fiction, Films and Nonfiction Writings
     

Masculinity in Vietnam War Narratives: A Critical Study of Fiction, Films and Nonfiction Writings

by Brenda M. Boyle
 

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

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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.

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recommended
Men and Masculinities
"Boyle provides provocative, cutting-edge literary analyses of fictional and nonfictional texts pertaining to the war"
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“recommended”—Choice; “Boyle provides provocative, cutting-edge literary analyses of fictional and nonfictional texts pertaining to the war”—Men and Masculinities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786445387
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/06/2009
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Brenda M. Boyle is an assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

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