Kill Anything That Moves: The Vietnam War in Literature and Film|
Spring 2022 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Asian American Studies|
This course examines various forms of literature and film to understand the legacies of one of the most transformative events in American culture and history: the Vietnam War. "Kill anything that moves" was the order that American soldiers reportedly received while on the ground in Vietnam, yet, to a large extent, the historical focus on the American experience of the conflict has overshadowed other perspectives. Thus, this class will take a comparative approach, exploring works by canonical and noncanonical American, Southeast Asian, and Southeast Asian American authors and directors. Among the diverse genres we will study are prose, poetry, graphic narrative, and narrative and documentary film. To think about the Vietnam War's broader relevance, we will situate the works under study within current debates concerning refugees, genocide, human rights, and the complex politics and aesthetics of war representation. Students will have the opportunity to investigate an under-studied aspect of the Vietnam War toward the end of the semester.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(HRAD-MN)
Thi Bui, THE BEST WE COULD DO: AN ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR
Nha Ca, MOURNING HEADBAND FOR HUE: AN ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE FOR HUE, VIETNAM 1968
Michael Cimino, THE DEER HUNTER
Francis Ford Coppola, APOCALYPSE NOW
Dang Nhat Minh, WHEN THE TENTH MONTH COMES
Viet Thanh Nguyen, THE SYMPATHIZER
Bao Ninh, THE SORROW OF WAR
Rithy Panh, THE MISSING PICTURE
Mai Der Vang, selected poetry
Ocean Vuong, selected poetry
|Examinations and Assignments: |
2 papers. Final analytical paper or creative-analytical project.
Collaborative group work.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement of the English major and contributes to the American Literature and Race and Ethnicity concentrations.
Class of 2023 and beyond: This course fulfills the American Literature and World Literature requirements of the English major.
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