9:30 am to 12:30 pm
This seminar will explore O’Brien’s book, now a standard in high school and college curricula, in the context of the Vietnam war’s tactical and social history, and against the backdrop of O’Brien’s other works, notably If I Die in a Combat Zone, and Going After Cacciato. To what extent do these works reliably convey the history of the war? How do we understand their engagement with stories and the storytelling imagination? What are the best ways to teach these works to young people and other audiences?