“War Stories”

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)

PRINTED TEXTS

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
    • Futility
      • Also, Benjamin Britten’s choral work “Requiem,” inspired by “Futility”
      • And excerpts of filmed versions of Britten’s “Requiem”

FILMS:

“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]