“Where’s the first wave of Iraq War fiction?” – asked at Paper Cuts: A Blog About Books, at the New York Times
There are number of good comments there on a variety of matters, though some that are wanting. In answer to that central question, the first waves of Iraq War fiction are in the movies, on TV, in plays and novels and short stories… While there is not nearly as much as one might hope to see, it hasn’t been too difficult to compile a list of dozens of such works, plus works on closely connected US militancy in the “Middle East,” Afghanistan in particular: http://apragmaticpolicy.wordpress.com/2007/11/05/iraq-war-fiction-3/
Recently, an Iraqi instructor/student at a university in Baghdad sought out my thoughts on a particular proposed abstract and a proposed list of novels for a dissertation on Iraq war novels. This person under extraordinarily challenging conditions mentioned no difficulty about coming up with the list. Why such novels are not being discussed and critiqued more widely in US universities and schools and elsewhere (the earliest novels having been around since 2003, the year of the invasion) is by now a better question – in particular “anti Iraq war novels,” not least since probably a more clear description of the “Iraq War” is the Iraq Conquest – The US Conquest of Iraq, etc, (which, yes, ought to have made already for a large number of investigative crime novels, in a civilized culture at least.) The proposed dissertation was on “anti Iraq war novels” – the first on the topic? And coming from devastated Iraq – not the US? In smashed Iraq, they’re attempting to write dissertations on novels that we in the rich countries are perplexedly awaiting, are perhaps incapable of seeing. Or are willfully and carelessly ignoring, or disavowing. Where are all the Iraq war novel or fiction dissertations?
More on the immediate topic: http://apragmaticpolicy.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/benjamin-percy-refresh-refresh-and-iraq-war-fiction/
by Tony Christini