The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time and Eternity in the Far Country
March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Part I Time and Its Discontents.
1 Our Time in Vietnam.
The Divine Kenosis and Being-Toward-Death.
“Our Time” in Vietnam.
“When Time Is Nothing but Speed”.
2 Killing Time.
Boredom and Atrocity.
God and the Ordinary.
Part II Created Time.
3 Christological Time.
“The Detemporalization of Time”.
Being and Time.
The Goodness of Death.
The Spiritual Life of the Age.
A Time of Idols.
The Fragility of Time.
4 The Sorrow of the Exile: Trinity, Memory, and Return.
Trinity and Mind.
Trinity and Forgetting.
Desire and Return.
The Witness of the Martyrs.
Part III Memory and the Americans in Vietnam.
5 Saving Our Lives with a Story: Memory and Narrative.
The Case for Forgetting.
Realism and Narrative.
From Paradox to Mimesis.
From Mimesis to Forgiveness.
Trinity, Forgiveness, and Gift.
Forgiveness as Gift Exchange.
The Gift of New Stories.
6 Re-performing the Dark Night of the Soul: Memory and Liturgy.
Two Views of Liturgical Memory.
Liturgies of War.
God’s Acting on Time.
“Out of the Night”.
7 Eucharistic Re-membering: Memory and Politics.
Resurrection as National Mythos.
Superpower Biopolitics and the Possibility of Fugitive Bodies.
Spectral Others in Beloved.
Ghosts and the Moreness of Time: Lillian Smith’s Killers of the Dream.
Tending Memory: Listening, Traveling, and Tabling.
Eucharist as Traveling Table.
The Politics of Re-membering.