Kill Anything That Moves: The Vietnam War in Literature and Film|
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" were the orders 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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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Thi Bui, THE BEST WE COULD DO: AN ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR 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, AFTERLAND Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 papers, final project, presentations
|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.
|Instructor(s): Nguyen,Marguerite Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 25||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 3||FR: 2|