Agatha Christie: Murder In The Making: More Stories And Secrets From Her Notebooks
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Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks
Underpinning the book is the notion of â€œprosthetic memory,â€ which involves memories acquired by those with no direct experience of the war, such as readers and filmgoers. Prosthetic memories, Eastman argues, refuse to relegate the war to the forgotten past and challenge the authenticity of experience, thus ensuring its continued relevance to debates over Americaâ€™s self-conception, specifically her coinage of the â€œNew Vietnam Syndrome,â€ and the countryâ€™s role in world affairs when it comes to contemporary military interventions.
With the notable exception of the Veteransâ€™ Memorial in Washington, Eastmanâ€™s focus is on works produced from the Persian Gulf War (1990â€“91) through the post-9/11 â€œWar on Terror.â€ She looks not only at American representations of the warâ€”from movies like Randall Wallaceâ€™sÂ We Were SoldiersÂ to poems by W. D. Ehrhart, Yusef Komunyakaa, and othersâ€”but also at novels by Vietnamese authors Bao Ninh and Huong Thu Duong. The experiences of women figure prominently in the book: Eastman devotes a chapter to the Vietnam Womenâ€™s Memorial and another to Sandie Frazierâ€™s novelÂ I Married VietnamÂ and Oliver Stoneâ€™s filmÂ Heaven and Earth, based on memoirs by Le Ly Hayslip. And by examining Jessica Hagedornâ€™s Dream Jungle, a novel inspired by the filming of Apocalypse Now, she considers how the warâ€™s repercussions were felt in other countries, in this case the Philippines. Her investigation of Vietnamese American authors Lan Cao, Andrew Lam, and GB Tran adds a transnational dimension to the study.
With its up-to-date perspective on recent works that have heretofore received scant critical notice, this book offers new ways of thinking about one of the most polemic chapters in U.S. history.
SUSAN LYN EASTMANÂ teaches in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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