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General Sixties Courses | Literature Film & Popular Culture | Viet Nam War

1960s: War, Anti-colonialism, Civil Rights (World Literature)

Professor: Renny Christopher
Institution: University of California at Santa Cruz
Date: Spring 1994
Listing: World Lit 001-C01 and 001C-02
Class meetings: 1:45, twice weekly. Additional 70 minute section.


Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Takeshi Kaiko, Into a Black Sun
Tran Van Dinh, No Passenger on the River
Ahn Junghyo, White Badge
James Crumley, One to Count Cadence
Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

In the Reader:

Heinrich Boll, "After the War was Over"
Frantz Fanon, "Concerning Violence"
Frederick Jameson, "Periodizing the 60s"

On reserve at the library:

Oriana Fallaci, Chapter 11 from Nothing and So Be It
Hans Konic, from Nineteen Sixty Eight: A Personal Report
Vaclav Havel, "On the Theme of an Opposition"
Ward Churchill & Jim Vanderwall, from Agents of Repression


This course deals with selected aspects of history and literature of the 1960s. The readings come from the U.S., Asia and Europe; please note there is nothing comprehensive about these selections, since there are literally hundreds of possible books from which to choose for this period. This reading list, like all course reading lists, is informed not only by the period covered by the course, but by the personal taste of the instructor and the availability of books from publishers. Thus are canons formed.

There's a lot of reading in this course, and all of it is, of course, important. To get the most out of this course it's imperative that you stay caught up with the reading.


There will be three 3-5 page papers and one final exam for this course. Two of your three papers will be revised in consultation with your section leader and/or the writing assistant.

4/5-4/7--Introduction and general confusion. Start reading Heller.

4/12-4/14--Finish reading Heller; Boll short story in reader.

4/19-4/21--The Sixties, Jameson and Fanon in the reader. Tuesday: assignment 1 due.

4/26-4/28--War in Viet Nam, Dinh



5/17-5/19--Crumley. Tuesday: assignment 2 due.

5/24-5/26--Civil Rights, Malcolm X

6/2--Civil Rights, Malcolm X

6/7-6/9--Moody. Tuesday: assignment 3 due.

6/15--Final exam, 8-11am.

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