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Vietnam and Beyond: Tim O'Brien and the Power of Storytelling

Stefania Ciocia


This book is a study of Tim O'Brien, one of the most thought-provoking writers of the Vietnam War generation. It 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 co ... More

Keywords: war literature, courage, heroism, masculinity, pioneering spirit, frontier narrative, foreign civilizations, power, truth, unspeakable events

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318207
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317767


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefania Ciocia, author