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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520917521
Subtitle:
Cultural Conflict and Storytelling
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Milton J. Bates
Author:
Bates, Milton J.
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
War poetry, American -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
War stories, American
Subject:
War poetry, American.
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
History
Subject:
American literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19961101
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
328

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» Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
» History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War
» History and Social Science » Sociology » General
» History and Social Science » US History » General
» History and Social Science » World History » General
» Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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