Back to Peace: Reconciliation and Retribution in the Postwar Period

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Aránzazu Usandizaga, Andrew Monnickendam
University of Notre Dame Press, 2007 - History - 312 pages
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"The focus of this volume of essays on the literary representation of the aftermaths of wars over time and place is very significant. Although there have been many studies of gender and wartime, and this has expanded into a recognized field of academic study, little attention has been paid to the return to a peacetime landscape. To focus on this complex subject and its literature provides the opening not only for new pathways to academic teaching and research, but to important interventions in the ways we think about war literature and the many periods that fall under the rubric of 'interwar.'" --Phyllis Lassner, Northwestern University   "Back to Peace provides a critical meditation on the contested social and cultural terrains of peacetime, from Dryden's England to the more recent diaspora of Vietnamese writers in exile. The editors of this volume bring together an international group of scholars to trouble the categories of peace and war and to expose the anxieties and ambiguities that strew the paths of postwar writers. Readers of these essays will find rich evidence that the return to peace--represented in poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction--is anything but peaceful for individuals or nations." --Jane E. Schultz, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis   Scholars have rarely studied a society's return to peace as a cultural category, as a formative experience common to many lives at any time in history. This collection of original essays by historians and literary critics explores the complex and difficult question of how a culture does, in fact, "return to peace" after a war. Combining analyses of both literary texts and historical sources, the contributors focus on the cultural, political, and personal implications of returning to peace.

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Aránzazu Usandizaga and Andrew Monnickendam are professors of American and English literature, respectively, at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. They are coeditors of Dressing Up for War: Transformations of Gender and Genre in the Discourse and Literature of War.
Contributors: Aránzazu Usandizaga, Andrew Monnickendam, Brian Dillon, William Blazek, Beatrice Trefalt, Mary Anne Schofield, Jennifer Terry, Janet Dawson, Don Dingledine, Laurie Kaplan, Claire Tylee, Renny Christopher, Kathy J. Phillips, Donna Coates, and Camila Loew.

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