RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 012 Dispatches: The Literature of the Vietnam War
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“How could the army of the most powerful nation on Earth, materially supported on a scale unprecedented in history, equipped with the most sophisticated technology in an age when technology had assumed the role of a god of war, fail to emerge victorious against a numerically inferior force of lightly armed irregulars?”

— Andrew Krepinevich, Jr.
The Army in Vietnam (1986)

Debates about the Vietnam conflict remain as contested years after the war's end as they were at the height of U.S. involvement in the late 1960s. Protests raged across the US taking forms as various as music, poetry, and sit-ins. Students nationwide rallied and 35,000 people besieged the Pentagon in October 1967. Although not written as an anti-war song, the Animal’s, “We Gotta Get Outta this Place” became the Vietnam anthem and the most-requested song of the Armed Forces Network. The most widely read works on the Vietnam War during the late 1960s and early 1970s indicted government policy. Those works presented a radically different version of the war's origins, purpose, and efficacy than that offered by Washington. Only in the late 1970s, following North Vietnam's military triumph and the extended soul-searching it occasioned throughout the United States, did a revisionist school of thought emerge.
As domestic opposition to the war rose, the University of Michigan became one of the epicenters of the anti-war movement. The first Teach-In was held on this campus in March of 1965. Since that time, many excellent works of literature and film have traced the essential ambivalence of the experience of combat. Using literature and film, our class will explore the loss of national and personal innocence in Vietnam, the existential morality of war, and the role that UM students played in the anti-war movement.

Selections From:

  • Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War
  • Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke
  • Tim O’Brien, If I Die in a Combat Zone and The Things They Carried
  • Bobbie Ann Mason, In Country
  • Michael Herr, Dispatches
  • Norman Mailer, Armies of the Night
  • Tatiana Soli, The Lotus Eaters
  • Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Films May Include:

  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • Robert McNamara: The Fog of War
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Platoon
  • Full Metal Jacket

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
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ISBN: 9780802119285
Matterhorn : a novel of the Vietnam War, Author: Marlantes, Karl., Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press 2010
Required
ISBN: 9780394417882
Dispatches, Author: Herr, Michael, 1940-, Publisher: Knopf 1977
Required
ISBN: 9780312611576
The lotus eaters, Author: Tatjana Soli., Publisher: St. Martin's Press 1st ed. 2010
Required
ISBN: 0060835176
In country a novel, Author: by Bobbie Ann Mason., Publisher: Harper Perennial 2005
Required
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