The Wars We Took To Vietnam / Edition 1

The Wars We Took To Vietnam / Edition 1

by Milton J. Bates
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520204336

ISBN-13: 9780520204331

Pub. Date: 11/01/1996

Publisher: University of California Press


What Americans refer to as the Vietnam War embraces much more than the conflict with North Vietnam. Milton J. Bates considers the other conflicts that Americans brought to that war: the divisions stemming from differences in race, class, sex, generation, and frontier ideology. In exploring the rich vein of writing and film that emerged from the Vietnam War era…  See more details below

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What Americans refer to as the Vietnam War embraces much more than the conflict with North Vietnam. Milton J. Bates considers the other conflicts that Americans brought to that war: the divisions stemming from differences in race, class, sex, generation, and frontier ideology. In exploring the rich vein of writing and film that emerged from the Vietnam War era, he strikingly illuminates how these stories reflect American social crises of the period.

Some material examined here is familiar, including the work of Michael Herr, Tim O'Brien, Philip Caputo, Susan Sontag, Francis Ford Coppola, and Oliver Stone. Other material is less well known—Neverlight by Donald Pfarrer and De Mojo Blues by A. R. Flowers, for example. Bates also draws upon an impressive range of secondary readings, from Freud and Marx to Geertz and Jameson.

As the products of a culture in conflict, Vietnam memoirs, novels, films, plays, and poems embody a range of political perspectives, not only in their content but also in their structure and rhetoric. In his final chapter Bates outlines a "politico-poetics" of the war story as a genre. Here he gives special attention to our motives—from the deeply personal to the broadly cultural—for telling war stories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520204331
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
0.76(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Wars and Rumors of Wars1
1The Frontier War9
2The Race War48
3The Class War86
4The Sex War132
5The Generation War174
6Toward a Politico-Poetics of the War Story214
Notes271
Works Cited295
Index315

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