Search and Clear: Critical Responses to Selected Literature and Films of the Vietnam War


Search and Clear demonstrates that the seeds of war were implicit in American culture, distinguishes between literature spawned by Vietnam and that of other conflicts, reviews the literary merits of works both well and little known, and explores the assumptions behind and the persistence of stereotypes associated with the consequences of the Vietnam War. It examines the role of women in fiction, the importance of gender in Vietnam representation, and the mythic patterns in Oliver Stone's Platoon. Essayists sharply scrutinize American values, conduct, and conscience as they are revealed in the craft of Tim O'Brien, Philip Caputo, Michael Herr, Stephen Wright, David Rabe, Bruce Weigl, and others.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • William J. Searle
  • Tobey C. Herzog
  • Jacqueline E. Lawson
  • Louis J. Kern
  • Nancy Anisfield
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Bowling Green, OH
Publication year:
  • 1988


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