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Norman Mailer's March: Autobiographical Concerns in Norman Mailer^s The Armies of The Night

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As a work of literary nonfiction, Norman Mailer's The Armies of The Night has often been studied in the context of its fictional reconstruction of the anti-war demonstration of 1967. Although some literary critics have also acknowledged the author's highly subjective depiction of the march, this aspect of The Armies of The Night has received comparatively little critical consideration. Yet, the autobiographical narrative of this book deserves particular attention because it performs an important function in that it enables its author to personalize the march and to analyze the event from the perspective of a witness. This paper argues that Mailer aims to interpret and speculate on the significance of the march by offering his personal experiences and reactions to the events as emblematic of the experiences of the larger society protesting the Vietnam War.
Abstract (Original Language): 
Olgu yönelimli roman türü olarak, Norman Mailer'in The Armies of The Night genellikle, 1967 yılında düzenlenen savaş karşıtı gösteriyi kurgusal bir yapı ile yeniden anlatması bağlamında incelenmiştir. Eleştirmenler, bu protesto yürüyüşünün kurgulanışındaki öznel yaklaşıma dikkat çekmiş olsalar da, eserin bu yönünü irdeleyen çalışmalar azdır. Oysa, bu eserdeki özyaşamsal söylem yazarın gösteriyi öznelleştirmesine ve olayı bir tanık gözüyle yorumlamasına olanak sağlaması açısından önem taşımaktadır. Bu makale Mailer'in, kişisel deneyimlerinin ve olaylara tepkisinin Vietnam savaşını protesto eden toplumun deneyimlerinin bir yansıması olduğunu ve bu yolla toplumsal bir olayı aydınlatmayı ve yorumlamayı hedeflediğini savunmaktadır.

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