Out of the Sixties: Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation / Edition 1

Out of the Sixties: Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation / Edition 1

by David Wyatt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521446899

ISBN-13: 9780521446891

Pub. Date: 08/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a highly original study, David Wyatt takes a broad, yet personal, look at the cultural legacy of the sixties through ten creative figures who came of age during the Vietnam War. Wyatt argues that it is each artist's "personal engagement" with his or her own era that binds together the achievements of storytellers such as filmmaker George Lucas, songwriter Bruce

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In a highly original study, David Wyatt takes a broad, yet personal, look at the cultural legacy of the sixties through ten creative figures who came of age during the Vietnam War. Wyatt argues that it is each artist's "personal engagement" with his or her own era that binds together the achievements of storytellers such as filmmaker George Lucas, songwriter Bruce Springsteen, playwright Sam Shepard, journalist Michael Herr, writers Ann Beattie, Alice Walker, Ethan Mordden, Sue Miller, and poets Gregory Orr, and Louise Gluck. For some their work is marked by the war and concerned directly with it; for others, Vietnam represents the prevailing counterculture sensibility often associated with the sixties. Out of the experience new voices emerge—from Michael Herr's landmark invention of a new journalistic voice in his Vietnam War reporting to Bruce Springsteen's tapping of the working class decline in postwar America. The thread that ties the various genres and visions together and that which constitutes Wyatt's own critical aesthetic, is the centrality of the personal response and the seamlessness, therefore, of identity and history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521446891
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #66
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: the form of story; Part I. Nostalgia: 1. George Lucas; 2. Bruce Springsteen; Part II. Celebrity: 3. Sam Shepard; 4. Ann Beattie; Part III. Family Romance: 5. Sue Miller; 6. Ethan Mordden; 7. Alice Walker; Part IV. Survival: 8. Gregory Orr; 9. Louise Glück; 10. Michael Herr; Conclusion: people in history; Works read and cited; Index.

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