ENGL270L Norwich University Week 8 Operation Homecoming Discussion – Excelsior Writers | excelsiorwriters.com
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TWO separate discussion posts. Each post is 200-300 words and are in MLA format, but do not need to be in paper form. They are just TWO separate 200-300 word discussion posts, not a paper. THANKS!
The first one requires the following instructions: Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started a fair amount of writing about them has been published. Artists have written poetry, memoirs, and fiction about their wartime experiences. A powerful anthology of writing about Afghanistan and Iraq is Operation Homecoming, edited by Andrew Carroll. In it there are emails, short stories, brief nonfiction, and poems written by troops and their families. A documentary of the same name was also made. Please click on the following link to access a web site that features some clips http://www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/about/show_operation_homecoming.html. Watch Sanjoon Han’s “Aftermath,” Colby Buzzell’s “Men in Black” and Mike Strobl’s “Taking Chance.”
1.After watching the clips, reading some of the excerpts from the book Operation Homecoming, and following some of the other given links, discuss the commonalities you find in these responses to war and in those you have read in other works over the semester. Despite the passage of time, are writers concerned with essentially the same subjects, or are artists responding to Iraq and Afghanistan facing unique issues?
2. Which of the works we read do you believe is most effective at exploring the military or wartime experience? Why? Please support why you see a text as effective; avoid just saying that you liked something because it was “short” or “easy”!
The following texts are used in the course:
- Beah, I. A Long Way Gone. 2007. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
(Print ISBN: 9780374531263)
- Bierce, A. (1994). Civil War Stories. 1994. Mineola, New York: Dover.
(Digital ISBN: 9780486111568)(Print ISBN: 9780486280387)
- Duong, T. H. (1996). Novel Without a Name. Trans. Phan Huy Duong and Nina McPherson. 1996. New York: Penguin.
(Print ISBN: 9780140255102)
- Rabe, D. (1993). The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. The Vietnam Plays, Volume One. 1993. New York: Grove.
(Digital ISBN: 9780802196910)
- Vonnegut, K. (1968). Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: 1968. Dell.
(Print ISBN: 9780440180296)
- Ward, C., ed. (1997). World War One British Poets. 1997. Mineola, NY: Dover.
(Digital ISBN: 9780486113234)(Print ISBN: 9780486295688)
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