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War fiction. (Genre/Form Term)

Preferred form: War fiction.
Used for/see from:
  • Anti-war fiction
  • Antiwar fiction
  • Combat fiction
See also:

Encyclopedia of American war literature, 2000: introduction (War literature, particularly fiction, lends itself to classification by duration and focus of conflict. That is, plots are derived from such frames as the tour of duty (James Webb's Fields of Fire), campaigns (John Del Vecchio's The 13th Valley), particular battles or skirmishes (Humphrey Cobb's Paths of Glory), and sometimes the contours of a single day (Harry Brown's A Walk in the Sun and David Halberstam's One Very Hot Day). Many successful works, like James Michener's The Bridges at Toko-ri, gain their organizing strength from the combination of parameters: the military objective and the military unit; the great bulk of war narratives that focus on young men (as they so often and so unfortunately must) are essentially initiation or coming of age stories, and the complex of ways in which a tour of duty turns into a trial of selfhood needs detailed examination, as does the corollary motif of bonding and brotherhood; a major subset of war literature is the prisoner of war story; The consequences of war--on the individual, on the war-torn country, and even on the culture of the participating nation whose borders remain secure--have generated a body of work that rivals the literary response to combat itself. Aftermath and homecoming stories have their own dimensions and motifs)

GSAFD, 2000 (War stories. Use for stories dealing with wars, campaigns, or battles from the military angle)

Goodreads, Nov. 15, 2012 (number of works tagged with term: war-fiction, 2313; war-stories, 3856 (mix of fiction, general nonfiction, history, memoirs, true adventure))

Scholl, P.A. Some recent American novels with antiwar themes, 1972.

Bitz, R.R. An examination of the anti-war statement in selected World War I novels, 1972.

Peebles, S.L. "There it is" : writing violence in three modern American combat novels, 2004.

Fiction that features military conflicts. For fiction that features the military lifestyle and loyalty to the armed forces and its codes and is generally set during peacetime see Military fiction.

Note under Military fiction

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