explores the connection between literature and
real-life for the students at West Point Military
Academy, for whom "real-life" has changed
drastically in the last few years. When Samet
accepted her position as a civilian literature
professor in 1997, the Army, to which the academy
contributes about a thousand second lieutenants each
spring, wasn't at war with anyone. But as she
says, "Following Sept. 11, 2001, the stakes of
American soldiering had suddenly been raised, as
well as the stakes of teaching at West Point."
Teaching the literature of war to individuals who could imagine themselves fighting a war in progress against a specific identifiable enemy was a new experience. For example, in 2003, as the nation watched the news ...
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No Man's Land
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