20th Century Soldier Narratives: the Intersection of Fiction and Non-fiction
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 email@example.com Deadline AUG 1st
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