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By Jerry Lembcke
Thirty Years After: New Essays on Vietnam War Literature, Film, and Art edited by Mark Heberle and published by Cambridge Scholars, came out of a November 2005 conference in Honolulu sponsored by the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center. A magnificent volume that includes Tim O'Brien's keynote address and 35 other chapters formed from presentations made at the conference. Thirty Years After updates cultural studies of the war with chapters like "Virtual Nam" (a study of war games), chapters on the representations of the war in Italian literature and song, new studies of Vietnamese film and poetry and the legacy of Vietnam for the representations of new American wars in Jarhead and In The Valley of Elah.
Jerry Lembcke is an Assoc. Prof. in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.