Search and Clear: Critical Responses to Selected Literature and Films of the Vietnam War
edited by William J. Searle
University of Wisconsin Press, 1988
Paper: 978-0-87972-429-0 | Cloth: 978-0-87972-428-3
Library of Congress Classification PS228.V5S43 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.9358

Search and Clear demonstrates that the seeds of war were implicit in American culture,  distinguishes between literature spawned by Vietnam and that of other conflicts, reviews the literary merits of works both well and little known, and explores the assumptions behind and the persistence of stereotypes associated with the consequences of the Vietnam War. It examines the role of women in fiction, the importance of gender in Vietnam representation, and the mythic patterns in Oliver Stone’s Platoon. Essayists sharply scrutinize American values, conduct, and conscience as they are revealed in the craft of Tim O’Brien, Philip Caputo, Michael Herr, Stephen Wright, David Rabe, Bruce Weigl, and others.
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