ENG 330 Studies in Special Topics: Literature of War: Classics of Vietnam War Literature
In this intermediate seminar, we will explore prize-winning plays, novels, and poetry about the Vietnam War written by journalists, soldiers, and concerned citizens, Perspectives of the war will include those of Americans, Vietnamese, British, men, women, and minorities. Readings will place characters within contexts that include Viet Nam in the early 1950s and 1960s, combat from 1965 to 1975, and the war’s aftermath for Americans and the Vietnamese. Some of our texts will include Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Bao Ninh’s The Sorrows of War, Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato, Larry Heinemann’s Paco’s Story, David Rabe’s Sticks and Stones, Bobbie Anne Mason’s In Country, and the poetry of W.D. Ehrhart and Yusef Komunyakaa.