Tim O’Brien’s /The Things They Carried/ is rapidly becoming a fixture in the American literary canon, and a standard text in American high school curricula. This seminar will discuss O’Brien’s work from formal, historical, and thematic perspectives. Seminar participants will consider O’Brien’s place in Vietnam war literature and in the tradition of American writers about war. The book’s preoccupation with storytelling and the power of imagination will be at the center of this conversation.
Seminar led by Benjamin Goluboff, Lake Forest College