Brian Schneider

Brian Schneider, who will be presenting a paper on the Literature of War & Collateral Damage during Words & Music, 2010, is a former U.S. Air Force Sergeant, former military contractor, and veteran of the American war in Afghanistan. He grew up in the small town of St. Helen in northern Michigan and has also lived in Italy and Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts Degree in English from the University of British Columbia.  He currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of British and American Studies at the University of Constance in Germany where he focuses on contemporary American war writing.  In addition, he teaches English courses at U.S. military installations in Europe for the University of Maryland University College.  His fiction has appeared in several magazines and he is currently working to publish his first novel, This is Squalorville, about his experiences with the war in Afghanistan and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The topic of the paper he will be presenting is Tell it one more time”: Repetition as “truth” in Tim O ‘Brien’s The Things They Carried.

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