hey I'm teaching a class on war narratives this semester any recommendations as far as books go? what i've got so far is like this
vietnam war narratives:
The Things They Carried - Tim O' Brien
Meditations in Green - Stephen Wright
Cold war narratives:
Don Delillo - Underworld
Richard Condon - the Manchurian Candidate
Michael Herr - Dispatches
Martha Gellhorn - The Face of War
War of the Minds/Psychological Warfare:
Philip K. Dick - Time out of Joint
Hector Tobar - Tattooed Soldier
anything i should add or change?
I don't know how to easily pigeonhole it but For Whom The Bell Tolls is pretty much an essential war narrative
And less complexly A Farewell To Arms as well, if for nothing else for its impact on English literature
On Killing by Grossman is a masterwork for your psychological warfare part.
Storm of Steel is a Must
Churchills Memoirs on the Second World War, especially "Their Finest Hour"
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
Faces of Battle by Keegan is a classic in the genre and a turning stone on military history
A Savage War of Peace is a history of the Algerian Conflict that is excellent
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
Life and Fate by Grossman
The Black March
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
by Roméo Dallaire
Underworld sounds kind of insane to me. ~800 pages and quite densely structured, not to mention that War arguably isn't even the pervading narrative. I mean, the Cold War plays a huge role there's no question but enjoy justifying long lectures on Sergei Eisenstein and gay graffiti artists to probably a bunch of History majors and gun nuts who want to read the Platoon novelization.
Underworld is inappropriate, if you want a cold war book that is fiction try "on the beach" and if you want non-fiction consider "The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB "
fernando poo naratives:
The Eye in The Pyramid
>tfw the country lost 60% of its population
t b h i'm mostly teaching war stuff I like reading about and war in fiction i didn't/never had much of an interest in ww1 or 2 but i do recognize the importance of those and that I should be teaching them
if you're usin Philip K Dick ..... i always thought "Now wait for Last Year" was his "Farewell to Arms" in a way
one of his best, zaniest scifi plots to serve as a surprisingly mature reflection on war, relationships, and responsibility. plus my favorite of his fictional drugs, JJ180. Even the name is great. JJ180
Junger and Webster's book from WW2. I believe it's called Parachute Infantry. Webster was one of the best characters from BoB and he was an actual writer, so he's way better at telling stories than anyone else. He also has a book on sharks if anyone's interested.
I think Great Contemporary Lit or New Classics would work. This bitch has a good selection and you can rip off her lesson plan.
Jap Lit would also be good because they have short novels, and you can hit Mishima, Soseki, Murakami pretty easily.
one soldier's war in chechenya by babchenko is the best journalistic/biographical account i'm aware of. probably throw in some ambrose bierce and storm of steel to go with it. juxtaposing junger with babchenko should be the centerpiece of your whole shit of a course.
I'd personally recommend Siegfried Sassoon's "Memoirs of an Infantry Officer." Sassoon constructed a significant amount of the story's plot based on his own diary notes during WW1, and makes for an interesting comparison of his diary entries and the corresponding chapters in the text when looking at what he chose to include / elaborate on / omit.
Also, in lieu of recommending full books for additional reading, it may serve to incorporate important text passages/chapters from several works if you want to fill the gaps in the reading list for the course.