Back Issues

Selected back issues of WLA may be ordered using the order form.  

As we process full-text online versions, we will make them available from this page.  In addition to the current edition, which is available in pdf format, the Special Vietnam Edition is also available in HTML.

Other issues available online begin with Vol 11, No.2 Fall/Winter 1999.

Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 1989

Critical Essay

  • Correspondent Visions of Vietnam by Mark A. Heberle

  • The Search for Closure: Vietnam War Literature and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Charles J. Gaspar

  • War and Festivity in Gravity’s Rainbow by Christopher Ames

  • Thomas Mann’s Wartime Reflections by James Seaton

  • Hastings and Roland: The Triumph of the Mounted Knight by Michael C.C. Adams

  • Grain and Glory: Eating Practices in Homer’s Iliad by Michele M. Sordi

Volume 1, Number 2, 1989-90

Critical Essay 

  • The Black Soldier in Vietnam War Literature and Film by Perry D. Luckett

  • Joseph Heller’s “ ‘Catch-22’ Revisited” by David M. Craig

  • Warrior-Bishops in La Chanson de Roland and Poema de mio by Earl R. Anderson

  • Vietnam War Literature: a guide to resources at Colorado State University by John Newman and Julie Wessling


  • Barcelona by Alfred Kern

Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 1990

Critical Essay 

  • Sacrifice and Dehumanization in Plievier’s Stalingrad  by Joan F. Adkins

  • Historical Interpretation or Ambush Journalism?  CBS vs Westmoreland in The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception (1982) by Peter C. Rollins

  • Randall Jarrell’s Poetry of Aerial Warfare  by Alex A. Vardamis

Volume 2, Number 2, Fall 1990

Critical Essay 

  • Oliver Stone’s Film Adaptation of Born on the Fourth of July: Redefining Masculine Heroism by Don Kunz

  • The Germans are Coming! British Fiction of a German Invasion 1871-1913 by Joseph S. Meisel  


  • The Artist and the Holocaust by Roger Preston

Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 1991

Critical Essay 

  • A Walk Through History: Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato by James Griffith

  • Signifying the Wasteland: Selling the “Falklands War” by Kevin D. Foster

  • Desire Satisfied: War and Love in The Heat of the Day and Moon Tiger by Thomas Dukes


  • Watershed  by Robert Morgan

Volume 3, Number 2, Spring 1991

Personal Essay 

  • Memoirs of Six Months by E.P. Motley

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 1992

Critical Essay 

  • The Memoirs of Pierre Pouchot: A Soldier’s View of a Doomed Campaign by Michael Cardy

  • Severed Ears: An Image of the Vietnam War by Constance A. Brown

  • The Narrative Technique Used by Goethe to Portray War in the “Campaign in France” by Steven Kaplan


  • Cabrini’s Run—‘71 by R.S. Carlson

Volume 4, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1992

Critical Essay 

  • The Foe in Sight: Discovering the Enemy in Donne’s Elegie XIX by Cheryl A. Shell

  • Sisters in Arms by Donna Connolly


  • “Guernica” by Crystal M. Jonas  


  • Lines and Shadows by Anne Wells Ladow


  • from Between Bombardments by Karen Alkalay-Gut

Volume 5, Number 1, Spring/Summer 1993

Critical Essay 

  • John Huston’s The Battle of San Pietro by Greg Garrett

  • Literary Resources of the Vietnam War by John S. Baky


  • “I’ll Have to go Down to Hell First”: A Saipanese WWII Veteran Recalls the War by Elizabeth Drumwright


  • Ghazals by G. S. Sharat Chandra

  • To Send Forth by Joseph T. Cox  


  • Collier’s Magazine: Preview Of The War We Do Not Want by John Morano

  • Avoiding Nostalgia: James Michener’s The Bridge at Andau by Anthony Arthur

Volume 5, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1993

Critical Essay 

  • “Glamorous Melancholy”: R. C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End by Steven Trout

  • An I for an eye: Edmund Blunden’s War  by Thomas G. Bowie, Jr.

  • Whitsun and Beyond: Continuing the Great War by Elizabeth A. Muenger


  • Not Always Located in Nicaragua  by Will Hochman


  • Reflections on the Great War by Tom F. Baldy

  • Writing about Flying: A Pilot’s View by John Clark Pratt

Volume 6, Number 1, Spring/Summer 1994

Critical Essay 

  • The Atomic Test Poems of Paul Zimmer by John Gery

  • Military Machines and Nuclear Accident: Burdick and Wheeler’s Fail-Safe by David Seed

  • Artistic Truth, Historical Truth: The “Fraction” Film and the Falklands War by Paul MacKenzie


  • The Life of a Bomber Co-Pilot by David M. Mazurowski

  • Love in the Trenches: Images of Woman in Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead by Sheryl A. Mylan

Volume 6, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1994

Critical Essay 

  • From Avignon to Catch-22 by David M. Craig


  • Responsibly Inventing History: An Interview with Tim O’Brien by Brian C. McNerney


  • Mostly Nothing Happens by W.D. Ehrhart

  • All She Can Eat by Andrew Benson


  • Missing Pieces: Versions and Visions of Vietnam POW/MIA in American Culture by Philip K. Jason

  • Representations of the Resistance in World War II France by Rosemary P-Z Clark

Volume 7, Number 1, Spring/Summer 1995

Critical Essay 

  • Ambrose Bierce on the Construction of Military History by Michael W. Schaefer

  • The Wars Within the War in La Guerre, Yes Sir! by Richard W. Lemp

  • The Eyewitness Narrator in Hemingway’s Collier’s Dispatches and “Black Ass at the Cross Roads” by James H. Meredith


  • Mothers by Jerome Mandel

  • Reality by Julio Escoto (translated by Clark M. Zlotchew)


  • Miles Standish Forest, Plymouth, Mass, 1934 by Joseph T. Cox


  • Hang the Enola Gay by Alfred Kern

Volume 7, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1995

Personal Essay 

  • A Boatman’s Story  by Robert MacGowan

  • Shadow Warrior  by Donald Clay


  • Serpent Knowledge by Robert Pinsky

  • Alms for the Burned  by David A. Willson

  • A Century  by Daniel Tobin

  • Shaman  by Joseph T. Cox


  • McNamara’s Makeshift Amends  by Donald Anderson

  • Achilles in Vietnam  by Brian Hanley


  • Falling in Love  by Andre Dubus

  • from Vows and Infidelities  by Alfred Kern

Volume 8, Number 1, Spring/Summer 1996

Critical Essay 

  • Fatal Symbiosis: Modernism and World War I by Milton A. Cohen

  • George Gascoigne and The Spoyle of Antwerpe (1576) by William E. Sheidley

  • Thomas Wolfe and the Civil War by Thomas Bonner, Jr.

  • Writing War: John Dos Passos’ One Man’s Initiation by Stephen C. Enniss


  • Before Wars by Wendy Bishop


  • LOCKE-HAVEN AT LARGE by Charles Clerc

Volume 8, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1996

Special Feature 

  • Selected Work by W.D. Ehrhart: The Summer I Learned to Dance (personal essay),  I Drink my Coffee Black (fiction), The Sergeant (poetry),  A Bibliography

Critical Essay 

  • Against a Coming Extinction: W.D. Ehrhart and the Envolving Canon of Vietnam Veteran’s Poetry  by Lorrie Smith

  • Tim O’Brien’s Re-imagination of Reality: An Exercise in Metafiction by John Clark Pratt


  • Darkness Carried: W.D. Ehrhart’s Memoirs  by Donald Anderson

  • “Everyday I’m always on patrol”: Bill Ehrhart’s Journey Home by Thomas G. Bowie, Jr.


  • Tryolean Vacation  by Karen Alkalay-Gut

  • Langour  by H. Palmer Hall

  • Hospital Visit  by H. Palmer Hall

  • The Vietnam Vet Plays Gyruss  by Vince Gotera

  • Gulf War Haiku  by Vince Gotera

  • The Bomb  by Ed Meek

  • Duty  by Ed Meek

  • For Lewis B. Puller, Jr.  by Maggie Jaffe


  • Echoes  by Don Kunz

  • from The Second Tour  by Terry P. Rizzuti

  • Point Man  by Allen Learst


  • Reading, Writing, and Going to War: An interview with Clyde Edgerton  by Christopher D. Campbell

  • A Conversation with W.D. Ehrhart by Donald Anderson and Thomas G. Bowie, Jr.

Volume 9, Number 1, Spring/Summer 1997 
Guest Editor, James H. Meredith 
Senior Guest Copy Editor, Kathi A. Vosevich

Critical Essay 

  • Flying the Old Marauder Over Nazi Germany by Jim Colvert

  • Patriotism and Treason in A Farewell to Arms by George Monteiro

  • Nick Adams and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Ronald Smith

  • The Progress of Patriotism and Biography: The Battle of Trafalgar in Southey’s The Life of Nelson by H. George Hahn

  • Fact, Fable, and the Fantastic: Approaches to the Novel of War in the Francophone Literature of Algeria by Sara Poole

  • “Whatever Else, I’d Loved It There Too”: Persuasive Strategy in Michael Herr’s Dispatches by Douglas Sun

  • The Bernard Fall Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA by Leslie Holland

  • Healing the Soldier in White: Ceremony as War Novel by John Getz

  • Blackness and the Unmanning of America in Dave Rabe’s Streamers  by Owen Brady


  • Classics Revisited: Ambrose Bierce’s “Chickamauga”  with Introduction by James Hughes Meredith


  • Conversion by Paul Elisha

  • Killing Time in Bosnia by Paul Elisha

  • Paradox by Paul Elisha

  • Remembering Leyte: “D” Day Quintennial-June 6, 1995 by Paul Elisha

  • not about war by Tony Moffeit

  • Degenerated Art Show 1937 by Maggie Jaffe

Volume 9, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1997
Guest Editor, W.D. Ehrhart

Special Focus Issue 

  • I Remember: Soldier-Poets of the Korean War

  • Foreword and Introductory Essay by W. D. Ehrhart

The Poets and the Poetr

  • William Childress, Rolando Hinojosa, James Magner, Jr., Reg Saner, William Wantling, Keith Wilson

Volume 10, Number 1, Spring/Summer 1998 
Guest Editor, Mark S. Braley

Special Feature 

  • Richard Wilbur’s World War II Poetry by David Haven Blake, Special Feature Editor

  • Richard Wilbur: An Interview by Joseph T. Cox

  • Italy: Maine by Richard Wilbur

  • Richard Wilbur’s Early Writing: Amherst College and World War II by John Lancaster and Jack W. C. Hagstrom

  • “Versifying in Earnest”: Richard Wilbur’s War and His Poetry by Joseph T. Cox  

  • Mind and World in Richard Wilbur’s War Poetry by Jewel Spears Brooker  


  • The Colonel by Carolyn Forché  

  • Lie #5: That Babe Ruth Pointed Out That Famous Homer by John Gery

  • On the News of Our Foreign Intervention by John Gery

  • A State of Grace in Another War Zone  by Tia Ballantine  

  • Dien Bien Phu by Bill Lantry  

  • Clueless in Paradise by Rachel Loden

  • Etudes  by Halvard Johnson

  • American’s Playing Slow-Pitch Softball at an Airbase Near Kunsan, South Korea by Halvard Johnson

  • End of a Century by Ana Doina

  • Footnote and Detail by R. S. Carlson

  • Brian Explains His Anniversary by Beth Simon

  • Verdun by Daryl Bach

  • Women on Her Way to Market Colin Morton

  • Entering War, Being Literal by Gwyn McVay


  • “The Camera is a Shield”: John Hoagland, Combat Photographer by Maggie Jaffe  

  • Photography by John Hoagland

Special Feature 

  • A Conversation with Paul West by Thomas G. McGuire, Special Feature Editor

  • Three Fictions by Paul West

  • The Face(s) of War in Paul West’s Fiction by Thomas G. McGuire

Critical Essay 

  • Accommodation and Resistance in Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper’s The Colored Cadet at West Point (1878) by Verner D. Mitchell

  • When Hamlet Meets the Bomb: The Poetry and Criticism of John Gery by Don Zimmerman  

  • The French Connection or How “Figaro” Saved the American Revolution by Ann Reagan

  • Depicting the Oblique: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic ResponseTo the American Civil War by Paul R. Cappucci

Personal Essay 

  • A-Bomb, a recollection by Jessie Gatlin

  • Public Information, a memoir by William R. Weir


  • Missing by Don Kunz

Recall Roster 

  • Mary Borden, The Forbidden Zone, published in 1929, by D. A. Boxwell  

Volume 10, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1998 
Guest Editor, Thomas G. Bowie, Jr.


  • This Thing Called Vietnam by Thomas G. Bowie, Jr.

Special Feature 

  • Remembering Tet: A Conversation with Vietnam War Veteran Poets by Verner D. Mitchell

War, Poetry, & Ethics: A Symposium 

  • Yusuf Komunyakaa, D. F. Brown, W. D. Ehrhart, Dale Ritterbusch, John Balaban, John Clark Pratt, and Kali Tal, Moderator


  • Poem Still Burning: A note for “The Teeth Mother Naked at Last” by Robert Bly by Will Hochman

  • The Teeth Mother Naked at Last by Robert Bly

  • “I Sing of Arms and the Man” introductory essay by Philip Appleman

  • Five Poems, from Open Doorways by Philip Appleman


  • A Different Species of Time, introductory essay by John Wolfe

  • Artwork by John Wolfe

Critical Essay 

  • War, Memory, Imagination by Donald Anderson

  • Humanities at the Hanoi Hilton by Alfred Kern

  • Pentagon Princess and Wayward Sister: Vietnam POW Wives in American Literature by Maureen Ryan  

  • Surviving the Hanoi Hilton by Elizabeth A. Muenger

  • “He’s not my son anymore!”: The Returning Veteran in Robert Bausch’s On the Way Home by Catherine Calloway

  • A Lotus of Everlasting Fragrance: Nguyen Trai, 1380-1442  by Tran Van Dinh

  • Dissident Voices: The NVA Experience in Novels by Vietnamese by William J. Searle

  • Bringing the War Home to the “Holler”: Teaching Vietnam for “Core” and Country by Edward F. Palm

  • Conversation Across a Century: The War Stories of Ambrose Bierce and Tim O’Brien by Christopher D. Campbell

  • The Things They Carried as Composite Novel by Farrell O’Gorman

Personal Essay 

  • Epiphany in Memphis by Jeff Loeb


  • from Show Time by Terry P. Rizzuti

  • from The Indochina Safari by Robert MacGowan


  • Bound by Honor, introductory essay by Jack M. Shuttleworth

  • A Conversation with Fredrick Kiley, co-author of Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973 by Jack M. Shuttleworth

Volume 11, Number 1, Spring/Summer 1999 
Guest Editor, D.A. Boxwell


  • “The Middle Generation” of American Poetry: Wars in the Private and Public Realms by D.A. Boxwell

Special Feature 

  • The Middle Generation and WWII: Jarrell, Shapiro, Brooks, Bishop, Lowell by Steven Gould Axelrod

  • Randall Jarrell’s War by Lorrie Goldensohn

  • Wars Civil and Uncivil: Family, Culture, and the Child in Lowell’s Poetry  by Thomas Travisano

  • Elizabeth Bishop and World War I  by Sandra Barry

  • “Blinking My Flashlight Off and On”: Elizabeth Bishop’s Internal Battlefield  by Gary Fountain  

  • Washington DC, 1949-1950: Bishop on WWII and The Cold War  by Camille Roman

  • Poets On The Bomb  by George Monteiro


  • The Welcome  by Robert Morgan


  • Soliloquy: An American Bride Remembers Japan  by Wendy Bishop

  • V-Mail  by Wendy Bishop

  • Souvenirs by Wendy Bishop

  • The Collector  by H. Palmer Hall

  • Had We A History  by H. Palmer Hall

  • Why I Am Not A Saint  by Jennifer Wheelock

  • Where The Tune Was Going  by Paul Woodruff

  • The Seventh Wave  by Keith Wilson

  • Archeology  by Ana Doina

  • Hate  by Marianne Poloskey

  • Buildings  by Marianne Poloskey

  • Glenn Miller Was Missing  by Jacqueline St. Joan

  • Paratroopers’ Night Out by William Childress

Critical Essay 

  • Advancing in Another Direction: The Comic Book and The Korean War  by D. Melissa Hilbish

  • Telling the “Truth” about Vietnam: Episteme and Narrative Structure in The Green Berets and The Things They Carried  by Jon Volkmer

  • Challenging the Law of Courage and Heroic Identification in Tim O’Brien’s If I Die in a Combat Zone and The Things They Carried  by Carl S. Horner

  • Vietnam War Narratives and Myth of the Hero  by R.J. Fertel

  • The Limits of Irony: The Chronillogical World of Martin Amis’ Time’s Arrow  by Dermot McCarthy


  • Dereliction of Duty or the Wrong War?: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam  by Thomas G. Bowie, Jr.

Special Edition 1999: Stephen Crane in War and Peace
Guest Editor, James H. Meredith


  • Stephen Crane in War and Peace, introductory essay by James H. Meredith and Patrick K.  

Critical Essay

  • Two Cranes, Two Henrys  by Christopher Benfey

  • Stephen Crane & Richard Harding Davis—An Unlikely Friendship  by David Traxel

  • Visions of War and Versions of Manhood  by John Clendenning

  • Unreal War in The Red Badge of Courage  by James B. Colvert

  • Experience and Imagination: Confluence in the War Fiction of Stephen Crane and Ambrose Bierce  by Thomas Bonner, Jr.  

  • A Red Badge Signifying Nothing: Henry Fleming’s Corporate Self  by John C. Orr

  • The Red Badge of Courage under British Spotlights  by Benjamin F. Fisher

  • Catastrophe Theory and Character Transformation in The Red Badge of Courage  by Donald Vanouse  

  • “The Gilded Images of Memory”: The Red Badge of Courage and “The Veteran”  by Randal W. Allred

  •  “A Wound Gives Strange Dignity To Him Who Bears It”: Stephen Crane’s Metaphysics of Experience  by Patrick K. Dooley

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  • “The Subtle Battle Brotherhood”: The Construction of Military Discipline in The Red Badge of Courage  by Robert M. Myers

  • The Color of War: A Computer Analysis of Color in The Red Badge of Courage  by William E. Newmiller  

  • Humor and Insight through Fallacy in Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage  by Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin

  • Stephen Crane’s Other War Masterpiece  by Michael Robertson

  • “The Pace of Youth” and the Phantoms of Hope by Holger Kersten

  • Modern Pictures of War in Stephen Crane’s Short Stories  by Thomas A. Gullason

  • John Hersey’s Guadalcanal Report: Drawing on Crane’s War  by George Monteiro  

  • Life During Wartime—and After: Thoughts on Stephen Crane’s Spitzbergen Tales  by Michael Schaefer

  • Nora Black and The New Woman in Active Service  by Charlotte Rich

  • Stephen Crane’s Images of War in Fiction and Nonfiction  by Patricia I. Heilman

  • Stephen Crane: An Updated Annotated Bibliography of Secondary Scholarship  by Patrick K. Dooley  

Volume 11, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1999
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Volume 12, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2000
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Volume 12, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2000
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Volume 13, Numbers 1 & 2, 2001 Double Issue
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Volume 14, Numbers 1 & 2, 2002 Double Issue
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Volume 15, Numbers 1 & 2, 2003 Double Issue
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Volume 16, Numbers 1 & 2, 2004 Double Issue
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Volume 17, Numbers 1 & 2, 2005 Double Issue
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Volume 18, Numbers 1 & 2, 2006 Double Issue
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Volume 19, Numbers 1 & 2, 2007 Double Issue
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Volume 20, Numbers 1 & 2, 2008 Double Issue
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