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Title: Defoliating the mind : a transnational history of war fiction on Vietnam 
Author: Osborn, Julie Annette Riggs
Date: 2007
Abstract: This thesis offers a comparative analysis of select American and Vietnamese novels produced in the years following America's war in Vietnam. Centering attention on two distinct styles of literature - - American metafiction and Vietnamese novels of the renovation period - - this thesis argues that each nation's writers had difficulty reconciling personal memory with nationally constructed narratives of history. It also interrogates the ways that novelists have contributed to their nations' reassessments of their own recent histories, and incorporates their work into a more inclusive and transnational historiography. Using the metaphor of "defoliation," the thesis contends that a more complicated understanding of the conflict between the United States and Vietnam depends in part on an acknowledgment of how the war's fiery devastation spread into the realm of the imaginary for both Americans and Vietnamese - - a process of destruction written into war stories.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 116-121). iv, 121 leaves, bound 29 cm
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Keywords: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Fiction, War in literature

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