Soldier's heart: reading literature through peace and war at West Point

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2007.
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Elizabeth D. Samet and her students learned to romanticize the army "from the stories of their fathers and from the movies." For Samet, it was the old World War II movies she used to watch on TV, while her students grew up onBraveheartandSaving Private Ryan. Unlike their teacher, however, these students, cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, have decided to turn make-believe into real life.   West Point is a world away from Yale, where Samet attended graduate school and where nothing sufficiently prepared her for teaching literature to young men and women who were training to fight a war. Intimate and poignant,Soldier's Heartchronicles the various tensions inherent in that life as well as the ways in which war has transformed Samet's relationship to literature. Fighting in Iraq, Samet's former students share what books and movies mean to them--the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the fiction of Virginia Woolf and J. M. Coetzee, the epics of Homer, or the films of James Cagney. Their letters in turn prompt Samet to wonder exactly what she owes to cadets in the classroom.   Samet arrived at West Point before September 11, 2001, and has seen the academy change dramatically. InSoldier's Heart, she reads this transformation through her own experiences and those of her students. Forcefully examining what it means to be a civilian teaching literature at a military academy, Samet also considers the role of women in the army, the dangerous tides of religious and political zeal roiling the country, the uses of the call to patriotism, and the cult of sacrifice she believes is currently paralyzing national debate. Ultimately, Samet offers an honest and original reflection on the relationship between art and life. Elizabeth D. Samet received her BA from Harvard and her PhD in English literature from Yale. She is the author ofWilling Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and the Progress of Consent in America, 1776--1898. Samet has been an English professor at West Point for ten years. ANew York TimesNotable Book of the Year Winner of theLos AngelesTimesBook Prize AChicago TribuneFavorite Book of the Year AChristian Science MonitorBest Book of the Year   Soldier's Heartchronicles the various tensions inherent in teaching literature to young men and women who are training to fight a war as well as the ways in which war has transformed Samet's relationship to literature. Fighting in Iraq, Samet's former students share what books and movies mean to them--the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the fiction of Virginia Woolf and J. M. Coetzee, the epics of Homer, or the films of James Cagney. Their letters in turn prompt Samet to wonder exactly what she owes to cadets in the classroom.   Samet arrived at West Point before September 11, 2001, and has seen the academy change dramatically. InSoldier's Heart, she reads this transformation through her own experiences and those of her students. Forcefully examining what it means to be a civilian teaching literature at a military academy, Samet also considers the role of women in the army, the dangerous tides of religious and political zeal roiling the country, the uses of the call to patriotism, and the cult of sacrifice she believes is currently paralyzing national debate. Ultimately, Samet offers an honest and original reflection on the relationship between art and life. "By writing a thoughtful, attentive, stereotype-breaking book about her
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subject_facetAmerican literature -- Appreciation -- New York (State) -- West Point
American literature -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- West Point
English literature -- Appreciation -- New York (State) -- West Point
English literature -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- West Point
Literature -- Appreciation -- New York (State) -- West Point
Literature -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- West Point
Literature and morals
Military cadets -- Intellectual life
United States Military Academy
title_displaySoldier's heart : reading literature through peace and war at West Point
title_fullSoldier's heart reading literature through peace and war at West Point Samet, Elizabeth D.
title_shortSoldier's heart
title_subreading literature through peace and war at West Point
topic_facetAmerican literature
Appreciation
English literature
Intellectual life
Literature
Literature and morals
Military cadets
Study and teaching