Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq

TitleWelcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPeebles, Stacey L.
Number of Pages192
PublisherCornell University Press
CityIthaca, NY
Abstract

Our collective memories of World War II and Vietnam have been shaped as much by memoirs, novels, and films as they have been by history books. In Welcome to the Suck, Stacey Peebles examines the growing body of contemporary war stories in prose, poetry, and film that speak to the American soldier’s experience in the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. Stories about war always encompass ideas about initiation, masculinity, cross-cultural encounters, and trauma. Peebles shows us how these timeless themes find new expression among a generation of soldiers who have grown up in a time when it has been more acceptable than ever before to challenge cultural and societal norms, and who now have unprecedented and immediate access to the world away from the battlefield through new media and technology.

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