Course Description

ONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? This course will explore answers to this question by discussing two classic literary portraits: "The Quiet American," by British author and journalist Graham Greene, and "The Sorrow of War," by Vietnamese war veteran Bao Ninh. At roughly 200 pages each, these two novels are miracles of craft and compression. They also stand out as books you could strike up a conversation about in Vietnam, Britain or America. The goal is not to challenge American perspectives on the war but to add to them. We will preferably read all of both books, but suggested abridgments (to roughly half the overall length) will be offered for those pressed for time. Note: These novels include many graphic scenes of war and some depictions of sexual violence. The maximum number of pages to be read for a class meeting is 110. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 25.

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Section Title
Literature of War in Vietnam: A Literary Examination
Online - Zoom
3:30PM to 4:45PM
Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022
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Section Notes

PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT. Please note: For ease of page references during class meetings, preferred versions are Penguin Classics for "The Quiet American," and Vintage Classics for "The Sorrow of War"; see the indicated ISBNs. However, any unabridged, English-language version will do. Before the first class, students should read the first half of "The Quiet American," from the beginning through the end of Part II, Chapter 2.

Required reading:
Graham Greene, The Quiet American (9780143039020)
Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War (9780749397111)