Mighty Red Pen

September 25, 2007

Ain’t gonna study war no more

Filed under: Pop culture — mighty red pen @ 7:34 pm

Psychiatrist Jonathan Shay was selected as a MacArthur fellow for his work drawing from Homer to treat Vietnam veterans. He’s the author of two books, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming.

MRP finds this application of the Iliad and the Odyssey fairly interesting. According to the article,

Shay believes that the analogies he draws in his books can be useful to help reduce and treat psychological trauma among those veterans.

“As long as human beings go to war and try to come home from war, these [epics] will speak to us,” he said of the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey.” “They truly hold up all that is generic about going to war and coming home from war.”

You can read more about Shay’s work here.


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