Chapter 14. Fiction on the Vietnam War

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Philip Melling Professor and
  2. Subarno Chattarji Lecturer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch14

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Melling, P. and Chattarji, S. (2009) Fiction on the Vietnam War, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch14

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Swansea, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • fiction on Vietnam War;
  • war in Vietnam as postmodern conflict and American experience “retreat from meaning”;
  • The Tainted War (1985) - Vietnam broke down or “de-objectified”;
  • Postwar writers - a new condition of modernity in American life;
  • A Rumor of War, James Webb's Fields of Fire (1978);
  • Fields of Fire - world of sharp contrasts as conservative novel;
  • John Balaban writings - engagement with war and the Vietnamese;
  • Gustav Hasford's The Short-Timers (1985);
  • A Flag for Sunrise, American popular culture in remote hinterlands of Latin America;
  • Dog Soldiers, conflict perceived as fantasy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading