The Vietnam War: Topics in Contemporary North American Literature

The Vietnam War: Topics in Contemporary North American Literature

by Brenda M. Boyle
     
 

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Reverberations of the Vietnam War can still be felt in American culture. The post-9/11 United States forays into the Middle East, the invasion and occupation of Iraq especially, have evoked comparisons to the nearly two decades of American presence in Viet Nam (1954-1973). That evocation has renewed interest in the Vietnam War, resulting in the re-printing of older

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Reverberations of the Vietnam War can still be felt in American culture. The post-9/11 United States forays into the Middle East, the invasion and occupation of Iraq especially, have evoked comparisons to the nearly two decades of American presence in Viet Nam (1954-1973). That evocation has renewed interest in the Vietnam War, resulting in the re-printing of older War narratives and the publication of new ones. This volume tracks those echoes as they appear in American, Vietnamese American, and Vietnamese war literature, much of which has joined the American literary canon. Using a wide range of theoretical approaches, these essays analyze works by Michael Herr, Bao Ninh, Duong Thu Huong, Bobbie Ann Mason, le thi diem thuy, Tim O'Brien, Larry Heinemann, and newcomers Denis Johnson, Karl Marlantes, and Tatjana Solis.

Including an historical timeline of the conflict and annotated guides to further reading, this is an essential guide for students and readers of contemporary American fiction

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Philip Bradley

The reach and scope of this wonderfully insightful volume fundamentally remaps the study of Vietnam War literature. It is an indispensable guide not only to new critical perspectives from trauma, memory, gender and race studies on canonical American writings but also opens up the central place of works from Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora for our understanding of the war and its aftermath.
Catherine Calloway

In this first essay collection on Vietnam War literature since 2009, Boyle offers seven substantial essays by both established scholars in the field and relative newcomers that blend close textual analysis with theoretical approaches, well-known canonical texts with newer war narratives, and American-centered works with texts by Vietnamese-American and Vietnamese writers. The volume sheds new light on the literature of the Vietnam War and its ongoing critical debate, especially in its focus on the lens of trauma, gender studies, masculinity theories, the North Vietnamese experience, and the link between Vietnam War texts and the ongoing war in Iraq. The collection is a welcome addition to the canon of Vietnam War literature.
Viet Thanh Nguyen

The literature of the Vietnam War has undergone many changes in the last forty years, and so has the critical thinking about that literature and that war. This anthology represents some of the newest thinking about these topics, and usefully focuses on key works of American, Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American literature. The book is a terrific introduction to a complicated body of writing.
author of 'PTSD: Diagnosis and Identity in Po Jerry Lembcke

Kudos to Brenda Boyle for giving overdue attention to the depiction of war trauma in fictional literature. Wonderfully inclusive with studies of the Michael Herr and Tim O'Brien classics, introductions to Vietnamese writers new to many American readers, and critical treatments of recent work by Karl Marlantes and Tatjana Solis, this volume belongs on all our readings lists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472506269
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
02/12/2015
Series:
Bloomsbury Topics in Contemporary North American Literature Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Brenda M. Boyle Brenda Boyle is an associate professor of English and the Director of the Writing Center at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Her previous publications include Masculinity and Monstrosity in Contemporary Hollywood Films (2013) and Masculinity in Vietnam War Narratives (2009).

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