W.D. Ehrhart in Conversation

Vietnam, America and the Written Word

Author: Jean-Jacques Malo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476630046

Category: History

Page: 236

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 W. D. Ehrhart, named by Studs Terkel as “the poet of the Vietnam War,” has written and lectured on a wide variety of topics and has been a preëminent voice on the Vietnam War for decades. Revered in academia, he has been the subject of many master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, journals and books for which he was interviewed. Yet only two major interviews have been published to date. This complete collection of unpublished interviews from 1991 through 2016 presents Ehrhart’s developing views on a range of subjects over three decades.

Dismantling Glory

Author: Lorrie Goldensohn

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231513038

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Dismantling Glory presents the most personal and powerful words ever written about the horrors of battle, by the very soldiers who put their lives on the line. Focusing on American and English poetry from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War, Lorrie Goldensohn, a poet and pacifist, affirms that by and large, twentieth-century war poetry is fundamentally antiwar. She examines the changing nature of the war lyric and takes on the literary thinking of two countries separated by their common language. World War I poets such as Wilfred Owen emphasized the role of soldier as victim. By World War II, however, English and American poets, influenced by the leftist politics of W. H. Auden, tended to indict the whole of society, not just its leaders, for militarism. During the Vietnam War, soldier poets accepted themselves as both victims and perpetrators of war's misdeeds, writing a nontraditional, more personally candid war poetry. The book not only discusses the poetry of trench warfare but also shows how the lives of civilians—women and children in particular—entered a global war poetry dominated by air power, invasion, and occupation. Goldensohn argues that World War II blurred the boundaries between battleground and home front, thus bringing women and civilians into war discourse as never before. She discusses the interplay of fascination and disapproval in the texts of twentieth-century war and notes the way in which homage to war hero and victim contends with revulsion at war's horror and waste. In addition to placing the war lyric in literary and historical context, the book discusses in detail individual poets such as Wilfred Owen, W. H. Auden, Keith Douglas, Randall Jarrell, and a group of poets from the Vietnam War, including W. D. Ehrhart, Bruce Weigl, Yusef Komunyakaa, David Huddle, and Doug Anderson. Dismantling Glory is an original and compelling look at the way twentieth-century war poetry posited new relations between masculinity and war, changed and complicated the representation of war, and expanded the scope of antiwar thinking.

The War I Survived Was Vietnam

Collected Writings of a Veteran and Antiwar Activist

Author: Michael Uhl

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476625808

Category: History

Page: 300

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This singular collection of articles, essays, poems, criticism and personal recollections by a Vietnam veteran documents the author’s reflections on the war, from his combat experiences to his exploration of American veteran identity to his struggles with PTSD. His career as an advocate for the welfare of GIs and veterans exposed to dangerous radiation and herbicides is covered. Several pieces deal with how the Vietnam experience is being archived by scholars for historical interpretation. These collected works serve as a study of how wars are remembered and written about by surviving veterans.

The Last Time I Dreamed About the War

Essays on the Life and Writing of W.D. Ehrhart

Author: Jean-Jacques Malo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786476990

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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This is a collection of essays on the life and writing of W.D. Ehrhart, poet, essayist, memoirist and teacher. The twenty contributors--scholars, publishers, poets--are from the U.S., France, Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, India and Japan. Some are Vietnam or Iraq war veterans. The collection overall studies various aspects of Ehrhart's writing, as well as his direct influence on the lives of people, both as a writer and as a teacher. The volume concludes with a selection of Ehrhart poems chosen by the contributors because they embody some quality discussed in the essays. The book includes a selected bibliography of Bill Ehrhart's published writings.

The Turning

A History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Author: Andrew E. Hunt

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814773303

Category: History

Page: 296

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The anti-Vietnam War movement in the United States is perhaps best remembered for its young, counterculture student protesters. However, the Vietnam War was the first conflict in American history in which a substantial number of military personnel actively protested the war while it was in progress. In The Turning, Andrew Hunt reclaims the history of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), an organization that transformed the antiwar movement by placing Vietnam veterans in the forefront of the nationwide struggle to end the war. Misunderstood by both authorities and radicals alike, VVAW members were mostly young men who had served in Vietnam and returned profoundly disillusioned with the rationale for the war and with American conduct in Southeast Asia. Angry, impassioned, and uncompromisingly militant, the VVAW that Hunt chronicles in this first history of the organization posed a formidable threat to America's Vietnam policy and further contributed to the sense that the nation was under siege from within. Based on extensive interviews and in-depth primary research, including recently declassified government files, The Turning is a vivid history of the men who risked censures, stigma, even imprisonment for a cause they believed to be "an extended tour of duty."

Ordinary Lives

Platoon 1005 and the Vietnam War

Author: William Daniel Ehrhart

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566396745

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

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A former Marine traces the fortunes of the men in his platoon during basic training at Paris Island thirty years ago, revealing the complexities of the Vietnam generation as he catches up with each former soldier in his current life.

Range of the Possible

Conversations with Contemporary Poets

Author: N.A

Publisher: Eastern Washington University

ISBN: 9780910055789

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 373

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A collection of interviews with American poets by Tod Marshall.

WLA

War, Literature & the Arts

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Page: N.A

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The United States and Viet Nam from War to Peace

Papers from an Interdisciplinary Conference on Reconciliation

Author: Robert M. Slabey

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 268

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In December 1993, historians, Asia scholars, writers, artists, filmmakers, journalists, psychiatrists, government officials, antiwar activists, veterans activists, reconciliation advocates, and Vietnamese gathered at the University of Notre Dame to discuss the process of understanding the American culture that created the war, the American culture created by the war, and issues that affect full reconciliation for both the United States and Indochina.

Vietnam

The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975

Author: John Prados

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 665

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The first major synthesis of the war since 2001, drawing upon a host of newly declassified documents, presidential tapes, and overlooked foreign sources to give the most comprehensive look to date of the war that still haunts America.

Samisdat

Author: Merritt Clifton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Matterhorn

Ein Vietnam-Roman

Author: Karl Marlantes

Publisher: Arche Literatur Verlag

ISBN: 3037900334

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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Während im Westen Abertausende für ein Ende der Gewalt in Vietnam demonstrierten, mussten sich am anderen Ende der Welt junge Männer in einem Krieg behaupten, dessen Gründe ihnen niemand erklären konnte. Karl Marlantes, der Autor dieses Romans, war einer von ihnen. Dies ist die Geschichte von Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas, der 1969 im Alter von 19 Jahren nach Vietnam kommt und dort mit seinen Männern den Befehl erhält, einen abgelegenen Hügel an der Grenze zu Laos und Nordvietnam zu einer Feuerunterstützungsbasis auszubauen. Die Soldaten taufen die in kalten Monsunregen und Wolken gehüllte Kuppe auf den Namen Matterhorn. Nachdem Matterhorn befestigt ist, werden Mellas und seine Männer abgeordert, in Nordvietnam die Nachschublinien der Vietcong zu unterbrechen. Diese Mission führt die jungen Männer auf eine Odyssee des Grauens, auf der sie sich einer gnadenlosen Natur ausgeliefert sehen und gegen einen unsichtbaren Feind behaupten müssen. Als Waino Mellas schließlich zurückkehrt, muss er erfahren, dass die Vietcong Matterhorn besetzt haben - und erhält den wahnwitzigen Befehl, die einst selbst ausgebaute Stellung zurückzuerobern.