Title

Missing in Action: Noncombat Military Personnel in Post-9/11 Military Fiction

Author

Erica Ferron

Date of Award

5-29-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Heather Martin

Keywords

military; fiction; noncombat; personnel; creative; capstone

Abstract

This capstone explores military service from a perspective that is often missing from fiction: that of the noncombat soldier. The creative portion follows a former US Navy sailor as she acclimates to life in the civilian world. The analysis essay contextualizes the creative portion in relation to other post 9-11 military fiction, positing that a fuller portrayal of the military in fiction, specifically in contexts outside of the combat experience, is essential to how society as a whole thinks about military service. The analysis takes an established argument that fiction influences how people think and make decisions and argues that a myopic view of the military in fiction stymies a nuanced discussion of military policy and funding.

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