This volume in the Approaches to Teaching series considers the range and depth of O'Brien's writing, with an emphasis on works that focus on the Vietnam War. Part 1, "Materials," provides information on O'Brien's life and an overview of his literary output. It also directs readers to critical and reference works on subjects encountered in his writing. The twenty-three essays in part 2, "Approaches," provide historical background on the Vietnam War; explore narrative issues in O'Brien's works, such as the melding of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir; and suggest ideas for teaching the author's works in a variety of classroom and conceptual settings (e.g., composition, American literature, war fiction, narrative theory, postmodernism).
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Number of pages: 294
"This new Approaches collection is both for aficionados of Tim O Brien (and Vietnam literature) and for those with somewhat broader literary interests. I have nothing but glowing praise for its substantial achievement." David Jarraway, University of Ottawa
This new Approaches collection is both for aficionados of Tim O Brien (and Vietnam literature) and for those with somewhat broader literary interests. I have nothing but glowing praise for its substantial achievement. David Jarraway, University of Ottawa
This plurality among contributors and potential readers offsets any redundancy in the target texts. Without question, Carried, Cacciato, andLake of the Woods deserve most of the attention because they are O'Brien's strongest books, and his questions of reliability and war fiction his most enduring concerns. These are the issues most pressing for students in an era of two wars and the twenty-four-hour news cycle, and the outlying methods provide enough diversity to make Approaches an effective tool for introducing the author to a range of educational contexts. Joseph George, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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