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Soldier's heart : reading literature through peace and war at West Point

Author: Elizabeth D Samet
Publisher: New York : Picador, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Picador edView all editions and formats
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What does it mean to teach literature to a soldier? How does it prepare a young man or woman for combat? At West Point, Elizabeth Samet reads classic and modern works of literature with America's future military elite, and in this stirring memoir she chronicles the ways in which war has transformed her relationship to the books she and her students read together. While fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Samet's  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth D Samet
ISBN: 9780312427825 0312427824
OCLC Number: 213300938
Description: x, 271 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue: year of the plague --
Not your father's army --
"Books are weapons" --
Becoming Penelope, the only woman in the room --
To obey or not to obey --
Bibles, lots of Bibles --
The courage of soldiers --
Anatomy of sacrifice --
Epilogue: Ave atque Vale.
Responsibility: Elizabeth D. Samet.

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What does it mean to teach literature to a soldier? How does it prepare a young man or woman for combat? At West Point, Elizabeth Samet reads classic and modern works of literature with America's future military elite, and in this stirring memoir she chronicles the ways in which war has transformed her relationship to the books she and her students read together. While fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Samet's former students share their thoughts on the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the fiction of Virginia Woolf and J. M. Coetzee, the epics of Homer, and the films of Bogart and Cagney. And their letters in turn prompt Samet to wonder exactly what she owes to cadets in the classroom. "Soldier's Heart" is an honest and original reflection on the relationship between art and life.

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