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Quiet Americans: Responses to War in Some British and American Poetry of the 1960s

Alan Marshall

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0033

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Quiet Americans: Responses to War in Some British and American Poetry of the 1960s

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This chapter uses Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American as offering a framework for looking at how some British poets responded to a change in the balance of power and the resulting crisis of identity, first establishing a few points of contrast with some modern American poets. It then draws on certain binaries, national stereotypes, and conventional contrasts in order to gain deeper patterns and truths.

Keywords: Quiet American; Graham Greene; British poets; balance of power; crisis of identity; American poets; national stereotypes; conventional contrasts

Article.  9170 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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