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Out of the Sixties : Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation - David Wyatt

Out of the Sixties

Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation

By: David Wyatt, Albert Gelpi (Editor), Ross Posnock (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th April 1994
ISBN: 9780521446891
Number Of Pages: 244

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Out of the Sixties explores the tension between history and the self in the work of ten authors who came of age in the 1960s. Each chapter deals with a representative figure - George Lucas, Bruce Springsteen, Ann Beattie, Alice Walker. Wyatt argues that for each figure the resolution between the personal and the political comes through storytelling, the act where convention and original gestures meet. Through a survey of a wide array of forms - movies, rock music, drama, poetry, short story, the novel, journalism - Out of the Sixties conveys the rich cultural achievement of the generation shaped by the trauma of Vietnam. For some, their work is marked by the war and concerned directly with it; to others, Vietnam represents the prevailing counterculture sensibility often associated with the sixties. Out of the experience new voices emerge - from Michael Herr's landmark invention of a new journalistic voice in his Vietnam War reporting to Bruce Springsteen's tapping of the working-class decline in postwar America. The thread that ties the various genres and visions together, and that which constitutes Wyatt's own critical aesthetic, is the centrality of the personal response and the seamlessness, therefore, of identity and history.

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"...a provocative, compelling, and useful study of artists whose work reflects the sensibilities and politics of the sixties...Out of the Sixties offers important and intelligent insights into both looking at and feeling about that window of experience." Regina Barreca, American Literature "...Wyatt's essays are remarkably readable and illuminating...What is most joyously liberating in these studies is the nature of Wyatt's engagement--the vibrant personalism of tone and meditation. Wyatt lets his readers know that something is at stake for him in these texts and in the issues they at once respond to and introduce." Philip K. Jackson, Contemporary Literature

Introduction: the form of storyp. 1
Nostalgiap. 9
George Lucasp. 13
Bruce Springsteenp. 29
Celebrityp. 49
Sam Shepardp. 53
Ann Beattiep. 76
Family Romancep. 91
Sue Millerp. 97
Ethan Morddenp. 111
Alice Walkerp. 122
Survivalp. 139
Gregory Orrp. 145
Louise Gluckp. 160
Michael Herrp. 176
Conclusion: people in historyp. 193
Works read and citedp. 201
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780521446891
ISBN-10: 0521446899
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 11th April 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.34  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36

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