Missing in Action: Noncombat Military Personnel in Post-9/11 Military Fiction
Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
military; fiction; noncombat; personnel; creative; capstone
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.
Ferron, Erica, "Missing in Action: Noncombat Military Personnel in Post-9/11 Military Fiction" (2015). Arts and Culture. 91.