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American exceptionalism in the age of globalization : the specter of Vietnam

Author: William V Spanos
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers - Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O'Brien - whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War. Utilizing poststructuralist theory, particularly that of Heidegger, Althusser, Foucault, and Said, Spanos argues that the Vietnam War disclosed the dark  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Graham Greene; Philip Caputo; Tim O'Brien
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William V Spanos
ISBN: 9780791472897 0791472892 9780791472903 0791472906
OCLC Number: 78893319
Description: xx, 321 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: History and its specter : rethinking thinking in the post-Cold War age --
Althusser's "problematic" : vision and the Vietnam War --
Who killed Alden Pyle? : the oversight of oversight in Graham Greene's The quiet American --
Retrieving the thisness of the Vietnam War : a symptomatic reading of Philip Caputo's A rumor of war --
"The land is your enemy" : Tim O'Brien's Going after Cacciato --
American exceptionalism, the Jeremiad, and the frontier, before and after 9/11 : from the Puritans to the neo-con men --
Conclusion : the Vietnam War, 9/11, and its aftermath.
Responsibility: William V. Spanos.
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"In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers - Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O'Brien - whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War. Utilizing poststructuralist theory, particularly that of Heidegger, Althusser, Foucault, and Said, Spanos argues that the Vietnam War disclosed the dark underside of the American exceptionalist ethos and, in so doing, speaks directly to America's war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11"--Jacket.

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