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Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq (review)

Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq (review) Making the argument that literature and art can be the source of a possible "reconstruction" of the Southwest, Lost Homelands: Ruin and Reconstruction in the 20th-Century Southwest is a remarkably well researched work that rethinks writers' and artists' ability to inspire hope and even to affect change. h Stacey Peebles. Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. 192p. Geoffrey A. Wright Samford University Stacey Peebles' book on the literatures of the Persian Gulf War and Iraq War situates itself amid the growing body of scholarship on contemporary American war narratives. It is a timely subject, indeed, in both academic and geopolitical terms. In the fall of 2009, PMLA published a special issue on War, and chapter one of Welcome to the Suck first appeared as an article in that issue. Attention is being paid (to paraphrase Willy Loman's faithful wife, Linda) to veterans who are writing about their wartime experiences in Iraq. The need for the academy and the American public at large to acknowledge these veterans and their writing constitutes the ethical imperative that drives Peebles' work. Her sense of moral responsibility frames the book: "Luckily, many soldiers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rocky Mountain Review Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq (review)

Rocky Mountain Review , Volume 65 (2) – Nov 5, 2011

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Making the argument that literature and art can be the source of a possible "reconstruction" of the Southwest, Lost Homelands: Ruin and Reconstruction in the 20th-Century Southwest is a remarkably well researched work that rethinks writers' and artists' ability to inspire hope and even to affect change. h Stacey Peebles. Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011. 192p. Geoffrey A. Wright Samford University Stacey Peebles' book on the literatures of the Persian Gulf War and Iraq War situates itself amid the growing body of scholarship on contemporary American war narratives. It is a timely subject, indeed, in both academic and geopolitical terms. In the fall of 2009, PMLA published a special issue on War, and chapter one of Welcome to the Suck first appeared as an article in that issue. Attention is being paid (to paraphrase Willy Loman's faithful wife, Linda) to veterans who are writing about their wartime experiences in Iraq. The need for the academy and the American public at large to acknowledge these veterans and their writing constitutes the ethical imperative that drives Peebles' work. Her sense of moral responsibility frames the book: "Luckily, many soldiers

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Rocky Mountain ReviewRocky Mountain Modern Language Association

Published: Nov 5, 2011

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