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Author Beattie, Keith.

Title The scar that binds : American culture and the Vietnam War / Keith Beattie.

Imprint New York : NYU Press, 1998.

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Description 1 online resource (242 pages)
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Contents Habeas-corpus and common sense -- The wound that dare not speak its name -- Stab wounds -- "Us" and "them" -- Healing -- Vietnamnesia -- The personal imperative -- Rituals of the community -- The national allegory -- The unhealed -- Silencing the messenger -- "If I only had the words" -- A unique war -- You had to be there -- Teaching the truth -- The voice of unity -- Talking back -- The home front -- Repatriation -- The therapeutic family -- Nostalgia -- There's no place like it -- Articulating difference and unity.
Summary At the height of the Vietnam War, American society was so severely fragmented that it seemed that Americans may never again share common concerns. The media and other commentators represented the impact of the war through a variety of rhetorical devices, most notably the emotionally charged metaphor of "the wound that will not heal." References in various contexts to veterans' attempts to find a "voice," and to bring the war "home" were also common. Gradually, an assured and resilient American self-image and powerful impressions of cultural collectivity transformed the Vietnam war into a device for maintaining national unity. Today, the war is portrayed as a healed wound, the once "silenced" veteran has found a voice, and the American home has accommodated the effects of Vietnam. The scar has healed, binding Americans into a union that denies the divisions, diversities, and differences exposed by the war. In this way, America is now "over" Vietnam. In The Scar That Binds, Keith Beattie examines the central metaphors of the Vietnam war and their manifestations in American culture and life. Blending history and cultural criticism in a lucid style, this provocative book discusses an ideology of unity that has emerged through widespread rhetorical and cultural references to the war. A critique of this ideology reveals three dominant themes structured in a range of texts: the "wound," "the voice" of the Vietnam veteran, and "home." The analysis of each theme draws on a range of sources, including film, memoir, poetry, written and oral history, journalism, and political speeches. In contrast to studies concerned with representations of the war as a combat experience, The Scar That Bindsopens and examines an unexplored critical space through a focus on the effects of the Vietnam War on American culture. The result is a highly original and compelling interpretation of the development of an ideology of unity in our culture.
Note Print version record.
Subject Vietnam War (1961-1975) (OCoLC)fst01431664
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Influence.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States.
United States -- Civilization -- 1945-
HISTORY -- Military -- Vietnam War.
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term Since 1945
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Beattie, Keith. Scar That Binds : American Culture and the Vietnam War. New York : NYU Press, 1998 9780814713266
ISBN 9780814709108 (electronic bk.)
0814709109 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000055805157
DEBBG BV044162714
GBVCP 1008656895

 
    
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