Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Colonialism, Nature and Gender in Vietnam War Literature: An Examination of Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and Yusef Komunyakaa's Dien Cai Dau
by Carver, Andrew, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 108; 1591061
Abstract (Summary)

Taking postcolonial theory and its distrust of generalities to heart, this thesis will focus not on the Vietnam War in terms of broad history, but on three texts by American veterans of the conflict. A Rumor of War is a memoir by former U.S. Marine volunteer Philip Caputo. The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories in novel form by draftee Tim O'Brien. Dien Cai Dau is a volume of poetry by former Army journalist Yusef Komunyakaa. By applying Said and other contemporary theorists to these three works, the Vietnam War's colonialist practices and actions come to light. Upon this application, two additional themes become inherently important — nature and gender. The themes of nature and gender weave through the analysis of the conflict as a colonialist action, as well as through the three works.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ramaswamy, Anushiya
Commitee: Gurfinkel, Helena, Skoblow, Jeffrey
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: English Language & Literature
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, American literature
Keywords: Caputo, philip, O'brien, tim, Orientalism, Postcolonial, Vietnam war, Yusef komunyakaa
Publication Number: 1591061
ISBN: 978-1-321-81510-8
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