The Vietnam War in Short Fiction Criticism: Women Authors Of Vietnam War Short Fiction - Essay

Susanne Carter (essay date summer 1991)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Carter, Susanne. “Variations on Vietnam: Women's Innovative Interpretations of the Vietnam War Experience.” Extrapolation 32, no. 2 (summer 1991): 170-83.

[In the following essay, Carter focuses on the writings of female authors who have experimented with various literary modes in their interpretations of the Vietnam War experience.]

As the Vietnam War literary genre continued to evolve, writers of both genders have experimented with literary expression in search of the most representative interpretation possible for a war that still begs for definition, where absolutes appear to be missing and reality remains obscure. Of all literary expression, innovation...

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Maureen Ryan (essay date fall 1994)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Ryan, Maureen. “The Other Side of Grief: American Women and the Vietnam War.” Critique 36, no. 1 (fall 1994): 41-57.

[In the following essay, Ryan analyzes several works written by women on the subject of the Vietnam War.]

Contemporary American society is saturated with books, movies, television shows, and college courses that offer a variety of revisionary interpretations of the Vietnam War. As Thomas Myers has noted, the Vietnam War “has become an intellectual industry in America” (“Dispatches for Ghost Country” 411). Why now? Why the almost obsessive preoccupation with a war now twenty-five years in the past? A number of commentators have...

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William J. Searle (essay date 2001)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Searle, William J. “Women, Vietnamese, Other: The Depiction of Women in Vietnamese Short Fiction.” War, Literature & the Arts 13, nos. 1-2 (2001): 314-27.

[In the following essay, Searle traces the depiction of women in the short fiction of female Vietnamese authors, specifically highlighting stories inspired by war.]

If heaven forces us to be naked,
Then we are naked.
If heaven allows us to have an undershirt,
Then we wear it.

The Tale of the Kieu

Writing to artists in 1951, Ho Chi Minh stated: “To fulfill his task, the cultural fighter needs a firm point of view and correct ideas … The goods of the...

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