Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

It had come to this. Two presidents from two different political parties had spoken, as if in unison, on what was once a fiercely contentious topic. During his presidential inaugural address, George Bush pronounced that "the final lesson of Vietnam is that no great nation can long...

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1. The Healed Wound

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pp. 11-57

It is inescapable: an object of war is to wound. War is blood, war is body fragments, war is the dismemberment of the body—though not the body's absence. Mortally wounded bodies are present on the battlefield in a display that attests to the dreadful power of war. ...

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2. The Vietnam Veteran as Ventriloquist

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pp. 58-105

Metaphors and similes related to the act of speaking and to the absence of speech surround the Vietnam veteran. Young men and women were "called" to Vietnam (whether they answered that call was, of course, another matter).1 Among U.S. troops in Vietnam the collective response...

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3. Bringing the War "Home"

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pp. 106-150

"The home front." "The living room war." "The war at home." Evocations of home resonate in descriptions of the impact upon American culture of the Vietnam War. In a variety of assessments the connotations of home as the site of the family, community, or the nation...

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Conclusion

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pp. 151-156

The Scar That Binds is a study of contending representations of America at the site commonly referred to as "Vietnam." On the one hand the presence of the impact of the war in Vietnam produced the notion of cultural division; on the other hand it resulted in the assertion...

Notes

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pp. 157-194

Bibliography

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pp. 195-220

Index

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pp. 221-229

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About the Author

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p. 230

Keith Beattie is the editor of the Australasian Journal of American Studies, and a member of the editorial collective of Sites: A Journal of South Pacific Cultural Studies. ...