Imagining Home: American War Fiction from Hemingway to 9/11 by Susan Farrell

By Susan Farrell

battle has usually been obvious because the area of guys and therefore beside the point to gender research, and American writers have often tested battle in line with conventional gender expectancies: that boys develop into males by way of going to struggle and women develop into girls through development a house. but the writers mentioned during this booklet complicate those expectancies, in view that their woman characters frequently participate without delay in warfare and particularly given that their male characters again and again think household areas for themselves in the middle of conflict. Chapters on Hemingway and the 1st global battle, Kurt Vonnegut and the second one international conflict, and Tim O'Brien and the Vietnam struggle position those writers of their specific ancient and cultural contexts whereas tracing similarities of their depiction of gender relationships, imagined household spaces,and the representability of trauma. The ebook concludes via analyzing post-9/11 American literature, probing what occurs whilst front traces really come domestic to americans. whereas a lot has been written approximately Hemingway, Vonnegut, O'Brien, or even Sept. 11 literature individually, this research is the 1st to convey them jointly on the way to study perspectives approximately warfare, gender, and domesticity over a hundred-year interval. It argues that September 11 literature follows an extended culture of yank writing approximately battle within which the family and public nation-states are inextricably intertwined and during which imagined household areas promises a window into representing wartime trauma, an adventure usually regarded as unrepresentable or incomprehensible to those that weren't really there.

Susan Farrell is Professor of English on the collage of Charleston.

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