- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press (May 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814713262
- ISBN-13: 978-0814713266
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,126,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Scar That Binds: American Culture and the Vietnam War
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"Beattie shows us how ideological strategies operate and, thereby, prepares us to outflank them in the future. The importance of his contribution to the study of American culture can hardly be overstated."-Contemporary Sociology
"Offers the broadest perspective to date on the social and cultural legacy of the Vietnam War.”-Andrew Ross,New York University
". . . brilliantly shows how the war lost abroad was subsequently won at home."-American Quarterly
"Keith Beattie's impressive analysis of popular culture representations identifies the core metaphors around which popular memory of the war in Vietnam has coalesced—the open wound, the silenced voice, and longing for home. . . . Beattie provides dramatic demonstration of the mechanisms and mediations within commercial culture that transform the hurts of history into stylized representations that hide the very past they claim to recover."-George Lipsitz,author of Time Passages
"Bold. . . . The greatest pleasure the book offers is the often thought-provoking close reading of both familiar and long-forgotten movies and fiction of the Vietnam War era."-The Journal of American History
From the Back Cover
In The Scar That Binds, Keith Beattie examines the central metaphors of the Vietnam War and their manifestations in American culture and life. Blending history and cultural criticism in a lucid style, this provocative book discusses an ideology of unity that has emerged through widespread rhetorical and cultural references to the war. A critique of this ideology reveals three dominant themes structured in a range of texts: the "wound", "the voice" of the Vietnam veteran, and "home". The analysis of each theme draws on a range of sources, including film, memoir, poetry, written and oral history, journalism, and political speeches.
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