The Vietnam War in Short Fiction Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Caroline Slocock (essay date April 1982)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Slocock, Caroline. “Winning Hearts and Minds: The 1st Casualty Press.” Journal of American Studies 16, no. 1 (April 1982): 107-17.

[In the following essay, Slocock chronicles the origins and growth of 1st Casualty Press, which was founded to publish the work of Vietnam veterans.]

In the early 1970s, a number of Vietnam veterans sought publication for a collection of veterans' creative writing which they felt could make an important contribution to a political understanding of the war in Indochina. However, efforts to find a commercial publisher for their anthology met with no success. Their conviction that this literature both deserved and could find a...

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Milton J. Bates (essay date 1996)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Bates, Milton J. “The Generation War.” In The Wars We Took to Vietnam: Cultural Conflict and Storytelling, pp. 174-213. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

[In the following excerpt, Bates explores the father-son relationships at the heart of Tobias Wolff's memoir In Pharoah's Army and Walter Howerton's story “The Persistence of Memory.”]

[There is a] kind of Vietnam war story in which the son feels initially superior to his father because he has the courage either to go to Vietnam or to resist the war. Two narratives of this type, Tobias Wolff's memoir In Pharoah's Army (1994) and Walter Howerton's short story “The...

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