20th Century Soldier Narratives: the Intersection of Fiction & Non-fiction

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Stacy Moskos Nistendirk
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Solicitation for articles to be included in a collection of essays that considers the inherent quality of meta-fiction in 20th century solder narratives such as Vonnegut's, Slaughterhouse-five; Ambrose's, Band of Brothers, and the works of Tim O'Brien. French philosopher Jean Baudrillard discussed the postmodern qualities of texts that blur the lines between fiction and non-fiction, saying that a sort of hyper-reality is created. Among the possible questions presenters might address are these: What is the nature of the interplay between fiction and experience within the soldier-memoir, soldier-account, and soldier-novel? What are the genre distinctions at work in the soldier narrative as non-fiction or fiction? How do these two narrative forms differ, and how are they similar? And, does a hyper-reality exist in each, or can it only function in a fictional text? What are the differences, in narrative decisions and in audience reception, between soldier-narratives published as fiction, and those published as non-fiction? What role in the audience interpretation of the genre of the narrative do stylistic choices (like 1st or 3rd person narration) play? Papers to be considered for inclusion should focus only on soldier narrative (1st or 3rd person) and should be restricted to 20th century (American). Abstracts and/or proposals should be no longer than 350 words (MS word attachment) and sent electronically to Stacy Nistendirk, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA at snistendirk@bridgew.edu Deadline AUG 1st 2009