Adam Gilbert

Researcher at Department of English, The Swedish Institute for North American Studies

Email:
adam.gilbert[AT-sign]engelska.uu.se
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

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Researcher in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies.

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Biography

I am a Researcher in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies. My work focuses on modern American cultural, political, and foreign relations history, with an emphasis on the war in Vietnam. I am especially interested in the personal experiences, cultural representations, public memories, and ethical meanings of American violence and war.

My first book, A Shadow on Our Hearts: Soldier-Poetry, Morality, and the American War in Vietnam, scrutinises the vast body of American soldier-poetry of the war and uses it to examine the history and morality of the conflict. This builds on my previous publications about the veteran and poet W.D. Ehrhart, moral responsibility and war, and the soldier-poetry anthology Winning Hearts and Minds. I have also written about the theory and practice of ethically informed historical inquiry.

Currently, I am working on two projects that investigate the manifestations and ramifications of American carcerality at home and abroad. The first explores the history and memory of America’s treatment of Vietnamese prisoners during the war in Vietnam. The second maps the ways in which the conflict influenced the development of the American carceral state.

My teaching experience parallels and draws on my research interests in modern American history. I have taught a range of modules and topics in American history, American Studies, and historical theory and method.

I received my BA and MA from the University of Sheffield and my PhD from the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Sussex, where I carried out my research project “A Moral History of the American War in Vietnam.”

I am a board member of the Swedish Association for American Studies.

Publications

“Toppling Statues: On Judging the Past,” Abusable Past, 17 July 2020, www.radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/toppling-statues-on-judging-the-past

A Shadow on Our Hearts: Soldier-Poetry, Morality, and the American War in Vietnam (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2018)

“We Shouldn’t Have Been There,” in W.D. Ehrhart in Conversation: Vietnam, America and the Written Word, edited by Jean-Jacques Malo (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2017), 168–195.

“‘We are the ones you sent’: Moral Responsibility and War in the Poetry of W.D. Ehrhart,” in The Last Time I Dreamed About the War: Essays on the Life and Writing of W.D. Ehrhart, edited by Jean-Jacques Malo (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2014), 59–76.

“‘And the fire still burns’: Vietnam War Poetry, Moral Witness, and Winning Hearts and Minds,” War, Literature & the Arts 25.1–2 (2013), 1–34.

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