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Title

Domesticating the Afterwar: David Finkel's Thank You for Your Service (2013)

Document Type

Article

Citation

Wilson, Christopher. "Domesticating the Afterwar: David Finkel's Thank You for Your Service (2013)." College Literature 48, no. 1 (Winter 2021): 29-58.

Annotation

Explores the origins and consequences of the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans, tracing and challenging the work of a highly regarded journalist who followed the experiences of a group of Iraq War soldiers in two books. Links and compares Finkel's immersive nonfiction reporting to Hemingway's fictional depictions of the "hidden wound" in "Big Two-Hearted River" and "Soldier's Home." Considers shifting scholarly views in various fields of war-related "moral inquiry," trauma, military training, the "veteran-victimhood" implied by PTSD, and the domestic experiences of individuals after their war experience. Suggests that even a highly skilled journalist's account cannot address many significant questions about hidden wounds and the contemporary state of war.

Published in

College Literature

Volume

48

Issue

1

Date

Winter 2021

Pages

29-58

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