“Bringing the War Home:” the role of family in the home front during the American war in Vietnam

Cristina Alsina Rísquez
This article aims at analyzing how two women writers of the “Vietnam Generation,” Bobbie Ann Mason and Jayne Anne Phillips, explored the role played by the traditional hegemonic American family in the social and political conditionings for the war in their respective novels In Country and Machine Dreams. Though both writers are highly critical of the hegemonic nuclear family, Phillips explores the family structure that led to the war in Vietnam while Mason tackles the...
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