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The Vietnam War in Literature: An Annotated Bibliography
     

The Vietnam War in Literature: An Annotated Bibliography

by Philip K. Jason
 
This is a selected bibliography, for most of the included authors the range of critical commentary here is reasonably thorough for book-length studies and subsections, and for essays in collections, and scholarly periodicals. The literature of the Vietnam War and the growing body of comment on that literature offer diverse lenses through which we perceive a major

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This is a selected bibliography, for most of the included authors the range of critical commentary here is reasonably thorough for book-length studies and subsections, and for essays in collections, and scholarly periodicals. The literature of the Vietnam War and the growing body of comment on that literature offer diverse lenses through which we perceive a major epoch in recent American history.

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War
...an original, competent, accurate, well-written and useful bibliography...a fine bibliography...
ARBA
...a valuable addition to the ever-growing body of general and specialized Vietnam bibliographies...well-done annotations make this a particularly valuable source that expands on the general bibliographies..
Zom Zoms
This new title in the Magill Bibliographies series begins with an introduction by the author on the imaginative literature of the Vietnam War. He explains the scope of the work, which includes listings for works of criticism on the genres of literary nonfiction as well as novels, poetry, drama, and film. Criticisms on specific films, play productions, commentaries in foreign languages, theses, and dissertations are excluded. An especially informative description of the major special collections of Vietnam War material is helpful The bibliography is divided into four main sections. "General Studies--Background" contains annotations of representative studies from various disciplines that give the context of the war. "Criticism--General" includes works that cross genre lines. The third section consists of works of literary criticism on particular genres, such as fiction and drama. The fourth section, comprising more than one-half of the book, is "Authors and Works," which treats 69 writers of imaginative works by selectively listing criticism of their most important titles The works of criticism listed date from the 1970s to 1991, with most having publication dates in the 1980s. Included are citations to book-length studies, subsections of monographs, essays in collections, and scholarly periodicals. Full bibliographic details are provided for each of the approximately 500 entries. The annotations are informative, each having about 6-10 lines that give a synopsis of the work as well as the seminal points raised in each criticism The "Vietnam War Bibliography" ["RBB" Je 1 84] listed 4,000 items, in a variety of languages, covering the U.S. involvement from the mid-1940s through 1975, but very few listings for fiction were included. "Vietnam War Literature" ["RBB" Ja 15 89] provided a bibliography of more than 700 imaginative works about the Vietnam War but did not include works of commentary. Thus, an annotation could be located for Larry Heinemann's "Paco's Story", while the work under review can be consulted to locate four works of criticism about the book. All four of these citations are for materials published as sections within monographs or annuals and would therefore be impossible to locate through periodical indexes. Because of the specialized nature of "The Vietnam War in Literature", public and academic libraries must assess their needs for surveys of literary criticism in this area before purchasing this unique and reasonably priced compilation.
Booknews
A selective bibliography of criticism of the portrayal of the Vietnam War in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and film. After sections on general and genre studies, works are cited alphabetically by the critic's name. The annotations, running 50- 100 words, are descriptive. The author index marks the writers criticized. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893566791
Publisher:
Salem Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Series:
Magill Bibliographies Series
Pages:
175

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