Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan: Narrative Perspectives on the Wounded and the Dead

A Lecture by Michael Zeitlin

Stories about war rely on graphic accounts of wounded bodies, which often stand in stark contrast to the cold medical description of a ravaged body. In this talk, Zeitlin will use works by Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane and others to explore the differences between these two kinds of description. Medical language, he argues, contains its own unexpected force capable of resisting the romance and mystification of violence so common in war literature.

Zeitlin is a professor of English at the University of British Columbia. His main research and teaching fields include 20th-century American literature, psychoanalysis and war narratives. His current work examines narratives produced by American and Canadian soldiers and medical personnel who have served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cosponsored by TU's Department of English Language and Literature

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Tyrrell Hall, Auditorium
2930 East 6th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700

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Lecture/Speaker, Featured


General Public, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni


College of Arts and Sciences, English, Arts and Humanities, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities






Free and Open to the Public

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