War: What are the causes and effects of soldiers' war experiences? What issues seem to be prevalent in American wars? How do American experiences in war shape our culture and identity, and vice versa? Documents related to our study of war in American literature are posted below.


Reading PDFs:

War Readings 1 - Founding Fathers, O'Brien, Fallon, Hemingway
Redeployment by Phil Klay



FOUNDING FATHERS:


If Only Thomas Jefferson Could Settle the Issue - questioning punctuation in the Declaration of Independence.


--The Bill of Rights






TIM O'BRIEN'S THE THINGS THEY CARRIED:

"Literature, if it's any good, will make you feel less alone in the world." --Tim O'Brien


Discussion Questions for //The Things They Carried// stories. Will be discussed in class; feel free to preview.



If you need some inspiration, check out this short (4 minute) YouTube video of Tim O'Brien talking about stories.

Here's a long video (45 min) of Tim O'Brien talking about being a writer.
Among other things, he talks about the idea of truth in the first couple minutes and again around minute 11.

O'Brien Wins Lifetime Achievement Prize for Military Writing

Bryan Cranston (actor known for Breaking Bad) reads new audio version of The Things They Carried.


Analytical reading quiz work from past classes: Sample 1 and Sample 2
2015 block 2
2015 block 1



ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S STORIES


Hemingway discussion questions

Article about the Hemingway App, which makes your prose more like Hemingway's.





SIOBHAN FALLON: YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE


Discussion questions

Wikipedia links to ACU and DCU pictures and information (Fallon, 42).




WAR POETRY:

War poetry packet

BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK


Discussion Leader Project
Reading questions
Character Chart
Themes, Motifs, and Issues
Family Questions
Vocabulary List
Final Discussion Questions

New York Times Review
Q&A with Ben Fountain
The 1990 NFL Draft Class - Where are they now? A helpful article that shows that NFL players actually aren't all that pampered (or weren't in the 90s).



WAR WRAP-UP/IN-CLASS ESSAY:

--handout to help you prepare for in-class essay in mid-October.

MSNBC VIDEO ON PTSD: One soldier's real life story -- this hits all of the themes we have studied so far, and then some! Thanks, Brian Z., for the link!

How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield - a thorough, thoughtful examination of a big issue, connecting PTSD to our culture and mental health - a must read.

Book review of Redeployment, which also mentions Tim O'Brien. Read this and feel smart! Discussion questions.

PAST IN-CLASS ESSAYS AND THEIR GRADES





OTHER WAR ARTICLES:

The Hero Project on The Daily Beast - a collection of articles and essays about soldiers, veterans, and the wartime experience.

NPR Fresh Air on Fire and Forget: Vets Turned Writers Tell Their War Stories

A review of a book of essays by Sarah Smiley, writer and military wife.

An interview with David Finkel, who has written two non-fiction books on the war in Iraq.

Lives During Wartime - a series from the New York Times.

Combat Stress Among Veterans Found To Persist Since Vietnam - the effects of war are painful and pervasive.

The Things She Carried - A New York Times editorial that asks why women in combat don't get more attention in war literature.

The Things She Carried - totally different article! A review of Be Safe I Love You, a war novel by Cara Hoffman

Enlisted Women: A review of Soldier Girls, a nonfiction book about three women in the National Guard. Another review of the same book - remember that book reviews can be informative about the subject of the book, regardless of whether you actually read it.

NPR Interview with Michael Petrie, a Marine who served in Iraq and wrote a novel about the "work of war."

Phil Klay Wins National Book Award

Phil Klay - More on National Book Award

Phil Klay on "Fresh Air" After Winning National Book Award

A Book Review of Why We Lost - just reading the review is a helpful exploration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Moral Injury - Why soldiers are more likely to suffer PTSD than are people who endure natural disasters.

Please Don't Thank Me For My Service - veterans' perspectives on civilians' gratitude

The Real Barrier for Women Marines - corps culture, not physical fitness

Lt. Col. Kate Germano on the Marines and Women

Two Graduating Rangers, Aware Of Their Burden - about the first female ranger school graduates

Women in the Infantry? No Thanks - former (female) army captain shares her concerns about women joining infantry units.

Rift Among Navy SEALS Over Members Who Cash In On the Brand - is it okay for SEALs to sell their stories, or even just to tell them? What if the government is doing so to recruit high school students?

Those With Multiple Tours of War Overseas Struggle At Home