352:369:01 Special Topics: The American War Novel
(cross-listed as 050:488:01 Topics: The American War Novel)

Ehrlich, W1F2 | Index # 14377 | Fall 2008
Office: 521 Hill Hall | Hours: W2 & by appt.
E-mail: ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu
My page http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich
369 class page: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich/369/ -- or snipurl.com/2xx1m/369

Required Texts:
  • Online texts: Las Casas, Harriot, Mather, Rowlandson, Paine, Jefferson, Melville
    Sources for online texts
  • James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans, ed Slotkin (Penguin 0-14-039024-3)
  • Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (Norton Critical ed. 0-393-96430-2) (or Penguin 0143039358)
  • Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (Simon & Schuster, ISBN-13: 9780684801469)
  • Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (Dell, ISBN-13: 9780440180296)
  • Other media: Films, video, war games on Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars (TBA)
  • Task Week Date     Reading Schedule (10 December 2008)
    I  1 Sep 3, 5 Introduction: American wars; war in literature
    Colonial Wars: Las Casas | Harriot | Mather | *Rowlandson; Instructions for Day 1
    P1 2 10, 12 War of Independence: Paine, Common Sense.Part 3, "Thoughts"; Paine, The Crisis Part 1; Jefferson, Declaration of Independence (with edits) | Sept. 12: In-class essay on Jefferson and Paine readings | Federalist No. 1| No. 2 | U. S. Constitution and Amendments |
      3 17, 19 "1812" and the Rights of Man: Melville, Billy Budd (numbered paragraphs) | (Optional: "Benito Cereno")
      4-5 24-Oct3 Indian Wars: *Cooper, Last of the Mohicans Oct 3: American Civil War: Poems of Whitman [1] and Melville [1] [2]
    M 6-7 8, 10, 15, 17 American Civil War : *Crane, Red Badge of Courage; Oct 10: Mid-term essay-quiz (orignally Oct 3)
    Q, P 8-9 22, 24, 29, 31; Nov 5, 7 World War I: Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms; Paper 2 (no quiz)
    P3 10-11 Nov 12-19 World War II: *Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5
    P4 12-13 21-26 (W as F) Cold War -- Novels and Films
      14 Dec 3-10 Gulf Wars -- Novels and Films: TBA
    FInal exam Friday, Dec 19, 8:30-11:30 am, Regular classroom

    Key: I=Impromptu, M=Midterm, Q=Quizzes, R=Reports, P=Papers
    10 December 2008