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Title: 'Bringing the War Home:' the role of family in the home front during the American war in Vietnam
Author: Alsina, Cristina
Keywords: Literatura nord-americana
Guerra del Vietnam, 1961-1975
Domicili familiar
American literature
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Domicile in domestic relations
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Publisher: Hellenic Association for American Studies
Abstract: This article aims at analyzing how two women writers of the 'Vietnam Generation,' Bobbie Ann Mason and Jayne Anne Phillips, explored the role played by the traditional hegemonic American family in the social and political conditionings for the war in their respective novels In Country and Machine Dreams. Though both writers are highly critical of the hegemonic nuclear family, Phillips explores the family structure that led to the war in Vietnam while Mason tackles the family structure that emerged after the war. On the one hand, they charge the bi-parental, patriarchal nuclear family structure with being one of the institutions that socialized children in the discourses that led to the war in Vietnam. On the other, its inflexible structure makes the traditional family unable to take into its fold the divergent models of masculinity that the war generated: a generation of American men who lost the war and for whom the family they had gone all the way to Vietnam to defend no longer offered sanctuary.
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It is part of: Ex-centric Narratives. Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media, 2018, num. 2, p. 76-89
ISSN: 2585-3538
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Llengües i Literatures Modernes i Estudis Anglesos)

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