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This book examines representations of war throughout American literary history, providing a firm grounding in established criticism and opening up new lines of inquiry.
Readers will find accessible yet sophisticated essays that lay out key questions and scholarship in the field.
War and American Literature provides a comprehensive synthesis of the literature and scholarship of US war writing, illuminates how themes, texts, and authors resonate across time and wars, and provides multiple contexts in which texts and a war's literature can be framed.
By focusing on American war writing, from the wars with the Native Americans and the Revolutionary War to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this volume illuminates the unique role representations of war have in the US imagination.
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