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Antiwar Literature and Protest Songs (redirected from Antiwar Literature)

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Topics on the Page

 

A History of Anti-War Literature

 

  • Slaughterhouse Five

 

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

 

  • Vietnam War and The Things They Carried

 

Re-emergence of the Genre

 

Anti-War Novels by Women

 

History of Protest Music

 

  • Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday  

 

 

 

 

 

History of Anti-War Literature

 

Link to an article on the History of Anti-War Literature

 

 

Anti-War Literature emerged after World War I as an expression of frustration of authors who served during The Great War. These included works by Hemingway, Vonnegut, and other prominent authors.

 

10 War Novels That Will Turn You Into a Pacifist

 

 

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Setting for Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse 5

 

 

Slaughterhouse 5

 

A Summary of Kurt Vonnegut's Novel: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Slaughterhouse-Five 

 

Biography of Vonnegut: https://www.biography.com/writer/kurt-vonnegut 

 

CrashCourse Video on the novel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6g7S2W27Kc 

 

Teaching Guide for the Novel: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/184345/slaughterhouse-five-by-kurt-vonnegut/9780385312080/teachers-guide/ 

 

 

 

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All Quiet on the Western Front

 

Link to Influential Literature page for All Quiet on the Western Front

 

Vietnam War

 

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Following World War II, The Vietnam War was a major point of political and social contention in the long 60's.  As a part of this, after the war many memoirs and novels emerged expressing the Antiwar sentiment. 

 

Article from the New York Times, "The Four Stages of the Anti-War Movement": https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/opinion/vietnam-antiwar-movement.html

 

Opinion piece from the New York Times on a novel written by a refugee of the Vietnam War: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/opinion/vietnam-war-novel-was-not-written-by-an-american.html

 

The Things They Carried

 

 

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The Things They Carried is a fictional work based in the author's experiences as a foot soldier in the Vietnam War.

 

Biography on Tim O'Brien: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Tim-OBrien 

 

Overview of the novel from the National Endowment for the Arts: https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/the-things-they-carried 

 

Animated summary of the novel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cOvKzERBL0 

 

Link to a full audiobook narrated by Bryan Cranston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsbcnoA-K3M 

 

 

The Genre Reemerges

 

Post 9/11, an anti-war perspective emerged once again in modern literature. 

 

Article on the Rise in Anti-War novels in modern day

 

10 Vietnam War Novels to Read, Council on Foreign Relations blog

 

Barbara Kingslover, Author of the Poisonwood Bible

 

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Anti-War Novels by Women

 

While Anti-War novels post WWI were written mainly by men, there are many novels with Anti-War themes written by women. They chronicle international conflicts and present new perspectives to the genre.

 

 

50 Anti-War Novels by Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Protest Music

 

Billie Holiday recorded the song Strange Fruit in 1939 to protest

violence and racism against African Americans

 

 

Brief Overview of Protest Songs, National Women's History Museum

 

 

The History of American Protest Music, from "Yankee Doodle" to Kendrick Lamar, Vox (May 22, 2017)

 

 

The Power of Protest Songs, American Indian Magazine, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

 

 

Hear Billie Holiday sing Strange Fruit

 

 

 

16 Songs from the Past Century of Protest Music, People (February 10, 2017)

 

 

Protest Songs, A Musical Introduction, Smithsonian Folkways

 

 

Teaching with Protest Music, The New York Times Learning Network

 

 

Analyzing Protest Songs of the 1960s

 

 

World War I:  From Propaganda to Poetry, Common Sense Education

 

 

33 Revolutions Per MInute:  A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day.  Dorian Lynskey (Ecco, 2011).

 

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