If I Die in a Combat Zone

Author: Tim O'Brien

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307762920

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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A classic from the New York Times bestselling author of The Things They Carried "One of the best, most disturbing, and most powerful books about the shame that was / is Vietnam." —Minneapolis Star and Tribune Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of My Lai, to crawl into the ghostly tunnels, and to explore the ambiguities of manhood and morality in a war gone terribly wrong. Beautifully written and searingly heartfelt, If I Die in a Combat Zone is a masterwork of its genre. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content.

If I Die in a Combat Zone

Author: Tim O'Brien

Publisher: HarperPerennial

ISBN: 9780007204977

Category: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Page: 203

View: 1176

Focussing on the Vietnam War, this book provides an insight into the lives of the soldiers caught in the conflict. The author takes the reader on a journey, walking the minefields of My Lai, and fighting the heat and the snipers in an alien land, as he explores the ambiguities of manhood and morality in war.

A Trauma Artist

Author: Mark A. Heberle

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 0877457611

Category: Fiction

Page: 375

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Based on recent conversations with Tim O'Brien, previously published interviews, and new readings of all his works -- including Tomcat in Love -- this book is the first study to concentrate on the role and representation of trauma as the central focus of all O'Brien's works. Book jacket.

A Study Guide for Tim O’Brien's "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home"

Author: Gale, Cengage

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0028671031

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 23

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A Study Guide for Tim O’Brien's "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

War and American Popular Culture

Author: M. Paul Holsinger

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313299080

Category: History

Page: 479

View: 8097

From the American Colonial Wars to our peacekeeper role in Bosnia, this book brings together information on books, drama, songs, films, and other works that have mythologized our nation's many wars.

American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam

Author: John Hellmann

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231515382

Category: History

Page: 260

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American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam

Companion to Literature

Author: Abby H. P. Werlock

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143812743X

Category: American literature

Page: 859

View: 1692

Praise for the previous edition:Booklist/RBB "Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers"RUSA/ALA "Outstanding Reference Source"" ... useful ... Recommended for public libraries and undergraduates."

Rotating Back to the World

Author: James McKenzie

Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag

ISBN: 3487158523

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 158

View: 7242

Why do people go to war? To test themselves, to prove themselves, to hurt themselves, to hurt others. And what happens when they come home? According to Tim O’Brien, the award-winning, Vietnam-veteran storyteller, they are fundamentally and irredeemably changed. Tim O’Brien makes the argument that war is very much like ordinary life. There are moments of greatness and moments of cowardice. There are moments of success and failure, trust and betrayal, celebration and regret, victory and defeat. O’Brien depicts the true cost of war. At the end of the day, there is healing, but so often too, there is irreparable damage. All of this can be found in the novels and stories of Tim O’Brien. Rotating Back to the World is an examination and re-evaluation of the work of Tim O’Brien and his so-called “war stories.” By drawing upon a number of artistic, psychological, and real-world phenomena, James McKenzie investigates the intersections between O’Brien’s subtle and complex narrativizations of the Vietnam War and current trauma theory. Through a close analysis of O’Brien’s four “Vietnam war novels”, McKenzie examines how O’Brien successfully navigates the writerly pitfalls of representing trauma without betraying the manifold and incommensurable nature of individual traumatic experience. In particular, McKenzie pays attention to O’Brien’s ludic art of storytelling and his increasing use of narratological experimentation and metafictional commentary. McKenzie examines these literary practices in order to consider how they are deployed as an artistic means of representing the full range of combat experience and its traumatic aftermath. This study also explores O’Brien’s own paradoxical relationship with his readers, manifested through a depiction of the seemingly insurmountable challenge of expressing the “inexpressible”. Finally, McKenzie returns to the main idea that in the desire to both relate and understand traumatic experience, as O’Brien concludes, “stories can save us.” James McKenzie is a former infantry soldier and now senior lecturer in Anglophone Literature at the University of Hildesheim.

Vietnam and Beyond

Author: Stefania Ciocia

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 178138004X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

View: 4894

This is a comprehensive, in-depth study of one of the most thought-provoking writers of the Vietnam war generation. This volume breaks away from previous readings of O'Brien's development as a trauma artist and an outspoken chronicler of the American involvement in Vietnam: its thematic, rather than chronological, approach contextualizes O'Brien's work beyond the confines of war literature. The necessary exploration of O'Brien's recurrent engagement with the conflict in Vietnam leads to a thorough discussion of the writer's revision of key American (and western) ideas and concerns: the association between courage, heroism and masculinity, the celebration of the pioneering spirit in the frontier narrative, the sense of superiority in the encounter with foreign civilizations, the fraught relationship between power and truth, or reality and imagination, and the attempt and the right to speak about unspeakable events. All these themes, as Ciocia illustrates, highlight O'Brien's compelling preoccupation with the role and the ethical responsibility of the storyteller. With his clear privileging of 'story-truth' over 'happening-truth', O'Brien makes a bold, serious investment in the power of fiction, as testified by his formal experimentations, metanarrative reflections and sustained meditations on matters such as individual agency, moral accountability and authenticity. Approached from this fresh perspective, O'Brien emerges as a figure deserving to find a wider audience and demanding renewed scholarly attention for his remarkable achievements as a contemporary mythographer, an acute observer of the human condition and a sharp critic of American culture.

How to Revise a True War Story

Author: John K. Young

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609384679

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 3633

“You can tell a true war story if you just keep on telling it,” Tim O’Brien writes in The Things They Carried. Widely regarded as the most important novelist to come out of the American war in Viet Nam, O’Brien has kept on telling true war stories not only in narratives that cycle through multiple fictional and non-fictional versions of the war’s defining experiences, but also by rewriting those stories again and again. Key moments of revision extend from early drafts, to the initial appearance of selected chapters in magazines, across typescripts and page proofs for first editions, and through continuing post-publication variants in reprints. How to Revise a True War Story is the first book-length study of O’Brien’s archival papers at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center. Drawing on extensive study of drafts and other prepublication materials, as well as the multiple published versions of O’Brien’s works, John K. Young tells the untold stories behind the production of such key texts as Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, and In the Lake of the Woods. By reading not just the texts that have been published, but also the versions they could have been, Young demonstrates the important choices O’Brien and his editors have made about how to represent the traumas of the war in Viet Nam. The result is a series of texts that refuse to settle into a finished or stable form, just as the stories they present insist on being told and retold in new and changing ways. In their lack of textual stability, these variants across different versions enact for O’Brien’s readers the kinds of narrative volatility that is key to the American literature emerging from the war in Viet Nam. Perhaps in this case, you can tell a true war story if you just keep on revising it.