This page presents the cumulative reading list of the “War Stories” class I teach in the First Year Writing Program at Quinnipiac University (known there as EN102 – Academic Writing and Research: “War Stories”).
My Fall 2017 class will draw exclusively on war stories told about or by women. Here are the titles I am considering (including one film):
Alcott, Louisa May. Civil War Hospital Sketches. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2015. [Memoir]
Blair, Jane. Hesitation Kills. [USMC]
Cather, Willa. One of Ours. New York: Knopf, 1922. [1923 Pulitzer for Novel]
Chesnutt, Mary. A Diary from Dixie. Kindle. [Hard to find – not now available]
Goodell, Jessica, and John Hearn. Shade it Black. [Memoir]
Letters from Burma
Love my Rifle more than You. [Iraq] [Memoir]
“Mrs. Miniver” (1942) [Film based on a book written by a woman]
The story of Deborah Sampson. [Still searching for the best telling of the tale.]
Schultz, Katey. Flashes of War. Baltimore: Apprentice/Loyola U, 2013. Print. [Winner of several awards, and for good reason – The collection of stories is exceptional. – Planning Skype visit between the author and my class.]
Wharton, Edith. A Son at the Front.
A Woman Among Warlords.
UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR A FUTURE CLASS
Baldwin, James. “My Dungeon Shook: A Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation.” Online. [Civil Rights]
Bennett, Lerone, Jr. “The Convert.” Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology. Ed. Margaret Earley Whitt. Athens, Ga.: U of Georgia P, 2006. 197- 212. Print. [Civil Rights]
Cather, Willa. One of Ours. New York: Knopf, 1922. (1923 Pulitzer for Novel)
Duong Thu Huong. Novel Without a Name. London, Penguin, 1996. [Vietnam]
Hart, Peter Voices from the Front: An Oral History of the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Herr, Michael. Dispatches. New York: Knopf, 1977. [Vietnam]
Klay, Phil. Redeployment. New York: Penguin, 2014. Print [Iraq War]
READ or VIEWED IN PREVIOUS CLASSES (As of January 2017)
Bonaldo, Mike. “You don’t want to look at your friend who has just been shot.” What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It. New York: Little, Brown. 222-227. Print.
Bonaldo, Mike. “Memorial Day.” Folio: Arts and Literary Magazine of Southern Connecticut State University, 2010. Web 5 Apr 2014.
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Signet, 2011. Print.
Dos Passos, John. Three Soldiers. (Orig. Release Date 1921) Produced by Eve Sobol. The Project Gutenberg. Released Aug 2004. Updated Aug 17 2012. Online. Linked 21 Nov. 2013. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6362/6362.txt 230-234. Print.
Homer, Iliad. Tr. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin, 1998. Print.
Keats, John. “On First Seeing Chapman’s Homer.” Various sources. Web.
Merritt, William E. “Hand Grenade.” Where the Rivers Ran Backward. Athens, Ga.: U of Georgia P, 1989. 133. Print.
—. “Explosion.” Where the Rivers Ran Backward. Athens, Ga.: U of Georgia P, 1989.
Ninh, Bao. The Sorrow of War. Tr. Phan Thanh Hao. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. Print.
O’Brien, Tim. “The Man I Killed.” The Things They Carried. New York: Broadway Books, 1998. 124-130. Print.
Powers, Kevin. The Yellow Birds. Boston: Little, Brown, 2013. Print.
Schultz, Katey. Flashes of War. Baltimore: Apprentice/Loyola U, 2013. Print. (Winner of several awards.)
Simms, William Gilmore. Sack and Destruction of the City of Columbia, S.C. 2nd Edition Ed. A.S. Salley. Atlanta: Oglethorpe U P, 1937. Chapters 1-10, 25-43. Print.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Dell, 1991. Print.
Whitman, Walt. Drum Taps. New York: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Print.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. Tr. Marion Wiesel. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. Print.
Wolff, Tobias. In Pharaoh’s Army. London: Bloomsbury, 1994. 72-83. Print.
World War I Poetry (Available through Poem Hunter and other Web resources):
- Brooke, Rupert.
- 1914 I: Peace
- 1914 III: The Dead
- 1914 IV: The Dead
- 1914 V: The Soldier
- Sassoon, Siegfried
- Suicide in the Trenches
- Owen, Wilfred
- Dulce et Decorum Est
- Anthem for Doomed Youth
- Also, Benjamin Britten’s choral work “Requiem,” inspired by “Futility”
- And excerpts of filmed versions of Britten’s “Requiem”
“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Perf. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens. Columbia Pictures/Hawk Films, 1964
“Paths of Glory.” Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Perf. Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker. Bryna Productions, 1957.
Excerpts from a filmed version of Benjamin Britten’s “Requiem” (See above, under World War I Poetry, Owen, Wilfred) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHNgfF19CTY
Filmed recording of the Rebel Yell, by Civil War veterans and by re-enactors – on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN4_KbfHbO3OB8T7dJtGhVEyzfuOyDBM5
PAINTINGS or PHOTOGRAPHS:
Brady, Mathew. Multiple images credited to him and his company. [Civil War]
Cook, George S. Several images. [Civil War]
Trumbull, John. “George Washington.” Yale Art Gallery, New Haven. Yale Art Gallery. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. [ON VIEW AT YALE] [Revolutionary War]
Trumbull, John. “The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.” Yale Art Gallery, New Haven. Yale Art Gallery. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. [ON VIEW AT YALE] [Revolutionary War]
Trumbull, John. “The Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 7, 1775.” 1786. Yale Art Gallery, New Haven. Yale Art Gallery. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. [ON VIEW AT YALE] [Revolutionary War]
Trumbull, John. “The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777.” ca. 1789-ca. 1831. Yale Art Gallery, New Haven. Yale Art Gallery. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. [ON VIEW AT YALE] [Revolutionary War]
Trumbull, John. “The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga, October 16, 1777.” ca. 1822-32. Yale Art Gallery, New Haven. Yale Art Gallery. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. [ON VIEW AT YALE] [Revolutionary War]
Trumbull, John. “The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776.” 1786- 1828. Yale Art Gallery, New Haven. Yale Art Gallery. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. [ON VIEW AT YALE] [Revolutionary War]