Title: Ghosts of War in Vietnam (Studies in the ...
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
2013. Reprint. Paperback. This book explores the collective memory of the Vietnam War through popular imaginings about ghosts of war. Series: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare. Num Pages: 234 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FMV; HBJF; HBTB; HBWS2. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 161 x 13. Weight in Grams: 324. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107659421
Synopsis: This is a fascinating study of the Vietnamese experience and memory of the Vietnam War through the lens of popular imaginings about the wandering souls of the war dead. These ghosts of war play an important part in postwar Vietnamese historical narrative and imagination and Heonik Kwon explores the intimate ritual ties with these unsettled identities which still survive in Vietnam today as well as the actions of those who hope to liberate these hidden but vital historical presences from their uprooted social existence. Taking a unique approach to the cultural history of war, he introduces gripping stories about spirits claiming social justice and about his own efforts to wrestle with the physical and spiritual presence of ghosts. Although these actions are fantastical, this book shows how examining their stories can illuminate critical issues of war and collective memory in Vietnam and the modern world more generally.
Book Description: This book, first published in 2008, is a fascinating study of the Vietnamese experience and memory of the Vietnam War. Heonik Kwon illuminates critical issues of war and collective memory in Vietnam by examining stories about spirits of the war dead claiming social justice and about his own efforts to wrestle with the presence of ghosts.
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